Colorful Chords for A Major Scale in Guitar

Hi there, folks! Below are some chords for A Major Scale in Guitar that I altered to achieve new color and flavor in music. Most of it are experimental and some are done by professionals that sounds fantastic and way better than the basic position.

A guitar player fretting some notes on the guitar

If you are getting bored of doing the same position over time, then you are in the right article. It’s time to learn some new chord positions that can add flavor to your music. So take your guitar now and start studying these chords.

The Chords of the A Major Scale

I should say that you should memorize these chords, not just the key of A but also the other keys so that you’ll have a better understanding of the Major Scale. For reference, here are the chords of the A Major Scale.

A – Bm – C#m – D – E – F#m – G#dim

You won’t need to trouble yourself by studying what is the diminished chord since most popular songs are not using it. It is usually used in jazz music so if you are a jazz player, I believe that you already knew it. A lot of chords in this key are barre chords, but we don’t need to use those positions. Instead, the chord voicings that I’m going to show below are much easier than their barre position.

The Importance of the 1st note and the 5th note

The 1st note of every key is the root note which is the most important note in the key because it is the representation of the key itself. The 5th note is the dominant note in musical terms and also an important part of the key because it helps establish the key when played.

1st note = A
5th note = E

At least one of these two notes will be present in the chord voicing that I’m going to share because these notes establishes that we are in the key of A. By doing this, we are making a connection with every chord in the key and they will sound perfectly in sync compared to their basic position.

Different Chord Voicings for the A Major Scale in Guitar

Take note: These chords are designed to be played when you are in the key of A. You can use these chord positions in other keys but I cannot guarantee if it will sound good. Trust your ears in those situation

AM7 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of A Major Chord played in an acoustic guitar
AM7 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Place your index finger on the 1st fret of the 3rd string
  2. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string
  3. Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string

This chord has a jazzy sound that works perfectly well to emotional songs, whether in fast or slow tempo. You can also say that this chord has a sweet sound in it and perfect for those love songs you know. Doing this chord can drastically change the emotion of your music even if you have changed only one note.

Aadd9 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of A Major Chord played in an acoustic guitar
Aadd9 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string
  2. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string
  3. Place your pinky finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string

This chord is a good alternative on every A chord you’ll encounter. It has a cool and open sound. However, it is very challenging to do this and you need a lot of practice so that your fingers will remember this position. You should always stretch your hand so that you’ll not have a hard time doing this.

Bm11 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of B Minor Chord played in an acoustic guitar
Bm11 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string without muting the 4th string
  2. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string
  3. Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string without muting the 1st string.

I can’t guarantee that this will work always. But if you want new color in your music, then this can do the job well. If you don’t like how it sound in certain situations, then you can just adjust your ring finger and move it to the 3rd fret on the same string, making it a Bm7 Chord.

Aadd9/C#

A hand showing a different voicing of A Major Chord played in an acoustic guitar
Aadd9/C# Chord

How to do it?

  1. Do the Aadd9 chord that I showed above
  2. Place your pinky finger on the 4th fret of the 5th string

This is the version of C#m that works well with the key of A especially when the chord progression is going from A to C#m. It is very tricky to do and you need a lot of time to familiarise with this chord. But its sound is perfect for this key. Again, you need to strecth your hands

Dadd9 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of D Major Chord played in an acoustic guitar
Dadd9 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Do a normal D chord
  2. Remove your middle finger making the 1st string an open string

This D Chord voicing will have an open sound and much better than the normal D position. It will sound connected to other chords of the key of A and removing one of your fingers can reduce stress in your fingers.

E6 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of E Major Chord played in an acoustic guitar
E6 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Do a normal E chord
  2. Add your pinky finger on the 2nd fret of the 2nd string

This chord will not work on every case. But there are certain songs that need the color this chord produce. If you have time, you should try it in your practice session and decide for yourself if it is fit in the song.

F#m7add11 Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of F# minor Chord played in an acoustic guitar
F#m7add11 Chord

How to do it?

  1. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 6th string
  2. Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string
  3. Place your pinky finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string

A good alternative for the basic position of the F#m. This is easier to do and sounds perfect when combined with the chords of the key of A

E/G# Chord

A hand showing a different voicing of G# minor Chord played in an acoustic guitar
E/G# Chord

How to do it?

  1. Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string
  2. Place your ring finger on the 4th fret of the 6th string, muting the 5th string
  3. Place your pinky finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string

This is the alternative of the G#dim chord and it will fit at any popular song you know. When you encounter an E chord in a key of A then you can do this instead of a normal E.

Some popular chord progression:

I will not include the proper names. Just do the chord voicings I showed above and listen for yourself on how it drastically change the tone of the chords.

1. A – E/G# – F#m – D
2. D – E – C#m – F#m
3. A – Bm – C#m – D
4. C#m – D – E – F#m
5. Bm – E – A – F#m
6. F#m – D – A – E

Conclusion

These chords are tricky to do at first because you need to stretch your hands in order to do it. But I guarantee that these chords are perfect for the key of A and it will add color to your playing when you do it.

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly help you.

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