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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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