The A Chord Group

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to our last chord group. We still have more chords to learn later in the course, but we’re going to take a break from that.¬†Once you are done with this lesson we’ll begin working on changing and strumming the chord we’ve learned.

The A Chord

We’ve already seen the A chord twice in previous lessons, but let’s recap:

Here’s how the A chord is formed:

  1. The A string will be played open
  2. Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd of the D string
  3. Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the G string
  4. Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the B string
  5. Leave the high E string open

A

You’ll strum 5 strings- that is every string except for the low E string:

The A Minor Chord

The A minor chord is labeled as Am. It is formed as such:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the G string
  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the B string
  • Play the A string and high E string open

Skip the low E when strumming:

The A Seventh Chord

The A seventh chord is labeled as A7. This is how it’s formed:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Leave the G string open
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the B string
  • You’ll also play the A and high E open

Again, strum every string except the low E:

The A Minor Seventh

The A minor seventh is labeled as Am7. Here’s how it’s formed:

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
  • Leave the G string open
  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the B string

Strum all strings except the low E:

Your Assignment

  • This concludes our chord groups- please review and recap all 5 chord groups, because in our next lesson we’ll start putting them to use

Next Lesson: Open Chords Recap