Moveable A chords.

Most of the chords found in the open position can be moved up the fret board to become new chords. The following are examples of what is possible with the A or Am chords. To read these diagrams the vertical lines are strings and the horizontal lines are frets. The left most string is the thickest string.

0 is the open strings and the frets are numbered.

You could literally play most popular songs, to some degree with the A Major and A Minor shapes below. The Asus4 adds interest as a passing chord.

A Major (A)

Open   – G Major

Fret 1  – G#Ab Major

Fret 2  – A Major

Fret 3  – A#/Bb Major

Fret 4  – B Major

Fret 5  – C Major

Fret 6  – C#/Db Major

Fret 7  – D Major

Fret 8  – D#/Eb Major

Fret 9  – E Major

Fret 10- F Major

Fret 11- F#/Gb Major

Fret 12- G Major       

A sus4

Open   – G sus4

Fret 1  – G#Ab sus4

Fret 2  – A sus4

Fret 3  – A#/Bb sus4

Fret 4  – B sus4

Fret 5  – C sus4

Fret 6  – C#/Db sus4

Fret 7  – D sus4

Fret 8  – D#/Eb sus4

Fret 9  – E sus4

Fret 10- F sus4

Fret 11- F#/Gb sus4

Fret 12- G sus4

A Minor (Am)

Open   – G#/Ab Minor

Fret 1  – A Minor

Fret 2  – A#/Bb Minor

Fret 3  – B Minor

Fret 4  – C Minor

Fret 5  – C#/Db Minor

Fret 6  – D Minor

Fret 7  – D#/Eb Minor

Fret 8  – E Minor

Fret 9  – F Minor

Fret 10- F#/Gb Minor

Fret 11- G Minor

Fret 12- G#/Ab Minor

Using the chord shapes above play the following chord progressions.

i)

| C                        | G                        | F                        | Em                 |

(A on fret 5)      (A on fret 12)     (A on fret 10)     (Am on fret 8)

Now try these yourself

ii)

| D                         | A                        | G                        | Bm                  |

iii)

| F                        | Am                     | C                       | Gm                 |

iv)

| Bb                      | Dm                       | Gm                   | Eb                    |

     

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