We have something new! We’ll be posting a chord on Instagram every week, starting today. This is going to be our chord of the week. Follow our account and check it out for yourself. This week we zoom in on A major. Jam along with a number of tracks that are written in this key.
How cool to select a chord of the week, but what does this mean for you? Well, enjoy playing along with some cool songs that are written with this chord as the keynote. We listed a few classics below, that are in A major. Just some inspiration for those moments around the campfire, on the beach or in the park.
Blitzkrieg Bob – Ramones
A classic punk song in A major is Blitzkrieg Bop by the British band Ramones. This song consists of four chords, and it’s perfect for practicing your basic finger placements. For the advanced beginner, this is an obvious opportunity to try out a slightly more difficult grip like the barré B minor. Just jam along here and check it out.
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
With spring in your heart and summer approaching, you shouldn’t miss a Bob Marley song in your setlist. It’s a good thing that the reggae legend has written Three Little Birds in A major. More good news? Oh yes, this song consists of only three chords. Perfect for beginners and a lot of fun for advanced guitar players. So play along.
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
An Oasis song is essential to every jam session, whether on the beach or during a picnic in the park. Don’t ask why, just take out your guitar and start practicing the brit-pop hit Champagne Supernova. This song is a great opportunity to try out some of the more challenging chords. Like the F, the F-sharp and the F-sharp minor. If you look closely at this chord scheme, you will see that there is not much difference in finger placement between these three chords.
Help! – The Beatles
Now that we’re on the subject of brit-pop, The Beatles have also written a few very fine tracks in A major. How about the hit Help! from 1965. Just like the previous song, you can get out of your comfort zone and try out trickier chords like C-sharp minor and B minor. Just look at the diagrams of these two chords. The figure doesn’t really change, except for the fret position.
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
At first sight this Ed Sheeran song might sound simple, but it’s certainly a challenge, also for the advanced guitarist. It has fast chords changes, tight strokes and of course it’s written in A major. The A Team has it all, check it out for yourself. In this song we also encounter the chords F-sharp minor and B minor. Would they be in the standard chord structure of A major? Happy jamming!