Hey! Welcome back to Chord Mania! In this Chord Mania tutorial I will teach you how to play the A chord. Free Strumming Mastery Ukulele Course . The A chord on the ukulele has become very popular because it is an open position chord. An open position chord is one in which at least one of the strings is open, i.e. there is no finger on it. Although the A chord is an open position chord, it turns into a bar chord when you move it up the neck to different chords! But, I will explain about the bar chords after some time.
I will first explain the fingering for the A chord
+ 2nd finger on the 4th string 2nd fret
+ 1st finger on the 3rd string 1st fret
+ Open 2nd string
+ Open 1st string
You might have noticed that the A major and A minor chords are quite similar on the ukulele. The A minor differs from A major because it does not use the first finger and keeps the third string open.
Major chords have a bright and happy touch while the minor chords are dark and sad.
A – C# – E are the notes in A major triad. They come directly from A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A which is the A major scale.
The 1st, 3rd, and 5th degrees of the A major scale are the notes A – C# – E. For moving this chord up and down the ukulele neck and playing any major chord, it is necessary to know the root. In this case, the root is either in the 4th or 1st string. For the A chord, both the 4th and 1st strings, the root is the A note. So when you move the chord up the uke neck, the name of the new chord is whatever finger you have on the 4th or 1st string.
Remember that while moving your 1st and 2nd fingers up the neck of the uke, you will also need to account for the open strings. In the open position A chord becomes a bar chord because, with the movement of the fingers up the fretboard, the open strings also move up.
The fingering also needs to be altered to adjust for the bar chord. For instance, moving the A chord up by 2 frets gives the B chord which is a bar chord.
The fingering for B chord is:
+ 3rd finger, 4th string, 4th fret
+ 2nd finger, 3rd string, 3rd fret
+ 1st finger, 2nd string, 2nd fret
+ 1st finger, 1st string, 2nd fret
Since the 1st and 2nd strings at the 2nd fret are covered by the first finger, a bar chord is created.
You can continue moving this shape up and down the fretboard. You can change the chord name depending on the fret position of your finger for the 4th and 1st strings.
Well! That was quite a lot in this lesson!
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