Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson 2 - The A Major Chord

hey what's up you guys Marty Schwartz

here and hopefully you're just coming

from your very first guitar lesson where

I showed you these chords called a minor

because it's a good easy chord to start

with or could begin record nothing is

easy in the beginning but a good starter

chord and then we take took that same

shape and just scooted it over and

created this thing fancier name than it

is difficult to play and a suspended two

so what we're going to do is we're going

to take that in this lesson we're going

to take that a suspended two we're going

to add another finger and then it'll end

up sounding like this

which is called an a chord also known as

a major so what I said in the lesson

before there's two kind of chords that

we're starting with here for these

beginner chords some chords are called

minor and some chords are called major a

minor have that sad moody sound

and then the major chords have a more

happy sound

but minor chords and major chords are

all typically always you know mixing

together into chord progressions of

songs so don't think chords songs have

all minor chords or all major chords

they combine it all together so that way

you've got all these different feelings

and moods combined into songs so anyway

we're going to zoom in and show you that

a major chord and in music major chords

a lot of times they just say the letter

if it's a minor chord you actually say

minor so we're going to zoom in and I'm

going to show you that a major chord and

then I'm going to show you how well that

a minor and a major chord sound together

it's almost like a Pink Floyd kind of

sounding thing and just also all these

chords you know there's really like five

or six chords basically in the beginning

and they make up over a million songs

and a lot of them are the biggest hits

you've ever heard are made up of these

nice beginner so no beginner chords so

hopefully you're having fun and remember

there's got to be a little patient in

this beginning phase and I said in the

other video you know don't decide if

it's too hard for you just give yourself

like five minutes a day for like two

months and you'll be surprised at how

much fun you will end up having okay so

let's learn that a chord we'll zoom in

and break it down here we go

all right so we were starting to make a

little music hopefully our guitar is in

tune or at least close we're making

music with the e minor and the a sus two

so what I want to do now you know the

main point of that last lesson was to

take the exact same shape and to be able

to play two completely different sounds

with it so what I want to do the asus2

is not as common as what we would refer

to as the a chord or the a major chord

now if you've heard me already I said II

minor and then now I'm saying the word

major so minor is like a sad version of

a chord sad sounding version of a chord

you know relatively and the major chord

has a happy sound to it which is really

interesting how we can associate sound

waves with emotion but that's us as

human beings while we listen to music so

what I'm going to do is take that a sus

two that we learned in the last video

and now I'm going to take my ring finger

and add it to the to the second fret of

the b-string

Eddie ate dynamite good bye so we need

our ring finger third fret on that so

now this is an a major chord also known

as just a major chords you can just say

the letter minor you have to say minor

so if a major chord now so second fret D

second fret G second fret B and to get

them all to fit on the same fret you

know there is going to be a bit of an

angle here so my index can fit we don't

want it scooted back there you know we

want it firmly on the second fret we

kind of have to tuck them and shove them

all in now you've got sausage sausage

fingers like me then you really got to

jam them in there and we're covering the

second second second and we strum down

the most official way to play it would

be to not start the chord with this top

string here but start it with this a

string it's called an a chord so we have

the a string as the starting point

and just as before to help get the

muscle memory of the cord we spray it

with a little free spray and we take the

hand off and keep the shape move it

around and then put it back down and

make the appropriate adjustments to play

it again

and then the next thing we do is we

combine it with the E minor so the E

minor is just two fingers and we scoot

it over and get our ring finger there

and now we have these two cords and it's

got they're going to be really helpful

for millions of songs as I've said but

to just start with if we just play the e

minor to a major it's a big part of like

Pink Floyd's sound breathe and wish you

were here and many more but let's start

with the E minor chord that we learned

in the last video it's nice slow

strumming and then switch to that a

major and don't worry there's no

pressure here to get it perfect just get

it there take your time to get it there

as you're learning and then try and

strum down on that

go back to the E minor

so now I'll show you your first little

parlor trick

for guitar and on the E minor chord if

you take your pick and you strum it

remember I called this the bridge

if you strum it all the way back here

it's real tinny and bright so you could



now the a sus two that I showed you

first happens mostly as a embellishment

or a little color that's part of the a

major chord so listen to this



so you're not going to typically see a

progression that's like got the ACE us

to then a major in it they're kind of

part of the same thing that's all so

keep practicing the E minor and now a

full a major


all right hopefully you didn't find that

too difficult um that a cord is in

everything and so is the E minor all the

stuff is for everything um

so real quick there's links to your next

video in the series so check out that

link if you want to review the video

before this there's a link for that and

then there's also a link for how to tune

your guitar you know this whole little

beginner series here so check those out

and thanks for the support and let's get

to the next lesson I hope to see you