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SECOND Chord to learn on guitar - A major chord - Beginners Lesson 2

Hi guys.

In this lesson I'm showing you how to play the A major chord

which is the second chord that I recommend that absolute beginners learn

So let's get in for a closeup straight away

This is the A major chord

and it can also be played like this

but I'd really recommend sticking to this way of playing it

because it will really help with the transition

between the first chord we learned (the E) and the A chord

Because that first finger doesn't lift off

so we don't have a mad panic where we go "Ah! where do my fingers go?!"

So this is the way I would recommend that we learn this A chord

but I will show you the other one as well

So we have our first finger on the 2nd fret and it's the third string so 123 from the lowest

This one needs to be in the middle of the fret

because our middle finger

is gonna go just above it

on string 4

also on the 2nd fret

Your third finger goes directly below that first finger

so they're all on different strings

also at the second fret and that's on string two.

When we strum this chord we want to strum it from string five.

The reason for that is that thickest string is called the E string and the next one is called the A string

So that 'A' is the lowest note we want heard in this 'A chord'.

We can do that by just strumming from string 5

and if we have each finger right on the tip and you're not touching the bottom

of the guitar (neck) like this all five string should ring out

So that one more time we have first finger, second finger, third finger

and they're all on the 2nd fret.

To check that (each string) is ringing out

we pick each individual string from string five (so not the thickest one)

we want to pick it from string five and go through each one

and we can hear that they're ringing out great

We do also have this way of playing an A chord, which is entirely valid and when I first learned (to play) guitar

this was the only area code I knew of

its only since I've been teaching, that I've found that the other one is really useful

So with this one we have a first finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string,

middle finger, 2nd fret just below it

and 3rd finger, again just below that

So this is far easier to visualize

However when you stop playing guitar and trying to learn songs you'll find that

actually pressing the fingers and learning the (chord) 'shape' is tricky at first but it's ok to learn it

It will come quite quickly. It's changing between the chords and putting everything

together that makes everything quite difficult. So this...

...is certainly a valid and a great A chord, that I would go for this way of playing it

from example A (the first one)

So this is that A chord shown in a 'chord diagram'. We can see we've got a little X

on the thickest string and that means that we don't wanna play string six

essentially and .... this is the chord diagram for this example, A (chord)

So we've got (finger) 1 in the middl, 2 above it and 3 below it and everything is on that

second fret and the tricky thing is generally making sure that all five

strings ring out which you can check by picking each individual one and keeping

your fingers right on the tips on making sure we don't tough the bottom of the guitar (neck)

They're the key points of getting a great sounding A major chord

so that's how to play our first two major chords

Now, it's very tempting for people to want to

learn more chords so they can do more songs but I've managed to find ten songs

that use just these two chords and those already have videos for each one of

those some lessons on my website at andyguitar.co.uk but what we want

to do before we get to those songs, which I recommend going to soon as possible,

.. we want to get the changes between these two chord down (memorised) so that's

gonna be in the next lesson that follows this one how much change between the E

and A major chords and then you can learn some strumming patterns and then we can

get you on to learn some songs.

Hopefully I'll see you in one of those next lessons thank you very much for watching and bye for now!

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