I’ve always seen A position chords as the moody or emo chords of worship music. You can use them in songs that are darker and more contemplative where you don’t want that “happy clappy” feel. In fact, Matt Redman’s made good use of these chords in some darker songs, like ”You Never Let Go” and ”Blessed Be Your Name.” Two more non-worship examples of A position chords in “darker” songs include U2′s “Bad” and “All I Want Is You.”
A always seems to be a tough chord for beginning guitarists to get, since it involves cramming so many fingers into one space. The traditional way to fret an A chord is to place your index, middle and ring fingers at the third fret on the D, G, and B strings respectively. However, this often turns into an exercise in torture as there’s so little space for so many fingers. Some guitarists fret this chord by just putting their index finger over all three strings and barring, or clamping down on them, and muting the high E string. I actually use both of these methods quite often, it just depends on the song I’m playing and the chord transitions around the A chord. A major MP3
D major is your index finger on the G string second fret, your middle finger on the high E string second fret, and your ring finger on the B string third fret. Playing the chord this way is important because it gives your fingers room to move around quite a bit to create variations extremely easily. D-major.mp3
The E chord is a standard root position E-major. When you strum it, feel free to let all six strings ring out, since they’re all notes within the chord scale. I’ll usually hold down this chord with my ring finger on the D string, second fret, my middle finger on the A string second fret, and my index finger on the G string, first fret. E major chord mp3
Again, I’m not totally sure what the correct technical name for this chord is, but it’s core is an F#m. (I believe it’s an F# minor 7 variation) This one can be a trick to play, I usually approach it by placing my ring and pinky fingers on the A and D strings at the fourth fret, and my index finger on the G string at the second fret. Then I wrap my thumb over the top and hold down the low E string on the second fret. As a cheat, I’ve seen guitarists mute the low E string to make the chord easier to play. This technically works because it’s what’s called an “inversion” of an F#. Fsharp minor chord mp3
For a 2 minor, or B minor with A position chords, I rarely cheat. Yup, that means learning and playing a barred B minor. It can be tough to pull it off cleanly, especially when you’re first learning, but I haven’t really found any of the variations to have quite the right “voicing” or feel for many worship songs in A. To play the B minor, bar your index finger across the second fret, A through high E strings, place your middle finger on the B string at the third fret, and your ring and pinky fingers on the D and G strings at the fourth fret.
The A/C# is the one difficult chord for many guitar players to play. The way many people I know play it is to place their index finger over the D, G, and B strings (barring it) and using your pinky to hold down the A string at the fourth fret. It’s a bit tough to make transitions to and from this chord so you will want to practice it. A/C# MP3
|The second slash or polytonal chord is the E2 over G#. When playing this, I put my ring finger on the D string, fourth fret, my pinky on the G string, fourth fret, and my index finger on the low E string, fourth fret. I mute the A string. E2/G# MP3|
There are many of the same chords in the key of A that there are in the key of E. Since the scales of the two keys are closely related, the “overlap” means if you learn one key, you’ll already know many of the chords in the other. (The same holds true for D and G chord forms.)
Another example of the 1-5-6m-4 chord progression, this time in the key of A.