A# Guitar Chord – 3 Easy Ways To Play This Chord

Want to know how to play the A# guitar chord? You’re in the right place!

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 3 super-simple versions of the A# guitar chord.
  • 3 quick and easy tips which are guaranteed to enhance your guitar progress.
  • The no1 secret to learning guitar chords quickly.

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What’s an A# guitar chord?

Before we learn the A# guitar chord, we’re going to learn two of the most popular shapes.

Here’s a top tip about guitar chords:

If the word ‘minor’ isn’t after the name of the guitar chord, this means that it is a major chord.

If it says A# chord, this means that it’s a ‘A# major chord’.

Where as, if it said A# minor, it would be an A# minor chord.

A# Guitar Chord (E Shape)

The first A# guitar chord we’re going to learn is an ‘E Shape’ barre chord.

We refer to this chord as the ‘E shape’ as it is based on the standard E chord.

To learn the E chord go here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

Bb Guitar Chord Root On E

To play this chord:

  • Barre your first finger across all strings on the 6th fret.
  • Put your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the A string (5th string.)
  • Put your 4th finger on the 8th fret of the D string (4th string.)
  • Put your 2nd finger on the 7th fret of the G string (3rd string.)
  • Play ALL strings.

Barre chords are tough, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away.

If you want guidance on how to play barre chords, watch this video:

A# Guitar Chord (A Shape)

The next A# guitar chord we’re going to learn is the A shape barre chord.

We call this the ‘A shape barre chord’ because it’s based on the open A chord.

To learn the A chord go here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord On Guitar

A# guitar chord

To play this chord:

  • Barre your first finger across the 1st fret of the A string (5th string) to the high E string (1st string).
  • Put your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the D string (4th string).
  • Put your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string (3rd string).
  • Put your 1st finger on 3rd fret of the B string (2nd string).
  • Strum from the A string. 

Easy Versions Of The A# Guitar Chord

We’re going to show you 3 ways to play the A# guitar chord.

A# Guitar Chord Version 1

This is the perfect beginner A# guitar chord as it only uses two fingers.

A# guitar chord

To play this chord:

  • Fret the 1st fret of the low E string (6th string) with your 1st finger.
  • Fret the 1st fret of the A string (5th string) with your 2nd finger.
  • Play the E, A and D strings simultaneously. 

Skipping strings whilst strumming is tough. To learn how to skip strings while strumming, read this guide: How To Skip Strings While Strumming

A# Guitar Chord Version 2

This A# guitar chord is fantastic for beginners as you only need to use 3 fingers to play it!

 

A# guitar chord

To learn this A# guitar chord:

  • Fret the 3rd fret of the G string (3rd string) with your 3rd finger.
  • Fret the 3rd fret of the B string (5th string) with your 4th finger.
  • Fret the 1st fret of the E string (6th string) with your 1st finger.
  • Strum from the G string.

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A# Guitar Chord Version 3

If you already know the A major chord, you can play this A# guitar chord.

All you have to do is move it up to the 3rd fret.

A# guitar chord A shape

To play this chord:

  • Put your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the D string (4th string)
  • Put your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string (3rd string)
  • Put your 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the B string (2nd string)
  • Strum from the D string.

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Why should I learn easy chords first? Give me the hard ones!

We love your enthusiasm! But trust us, the best way to learn guitar is to learn easy chords first.

Think of it like this:

Imagine you’re training for a marathon.

When starting marathon training you don’t begin by running 25 miles, you start with 3-5 first and then gradually build up the mileage until you reach your goal.

Guitar chords are exactly the same.

Start with easy chords first, this will enhance your dexterity.

Then when you’re ready, progress to more advanced chords.

To learn easy chords and advanced chords, go here: Learn Guitar Chords: A 6-Step Program For Rapid Skill

What’s the best way to remember guitar chords?

The quickest and easy way to remember guitar chords is to:

Clench your first once you’ve played a chord correctly.

The secret to great chord practice is to squeeze your hand to remember guitar chords. This triggers your muscle memory and teaches your hand to remember the shapes.

However, make sure that you play the chord correctly. If you squeeze your hand when the chord is incorrect, you’ll be teaching yourself an incorrect chord.

A# guitar chord

What other chords do I need to know?

Here are 7 essential chords that EVERY beginner guitarist needs to know:

Learn how to play all of these chords here: 14 Easy Guitar Chords For Beginners

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Why are guitar chords important?

Guitar chords are important as they form the foundation of ALL guitar music.

Without guitar chords, you can’t play guitar songs.

Learning guitar songs is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to play the guitar.

To learn easy songs on guitar, check out these free lessons:

A# guitar chord

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Most people find that the Guitar Map shows them how everything fits together and best of all, it will help you identify gaps in your knowledge that are holding you back.

(There is often just one piece of information that holds people back, 1 key insight that they need to know so they can continue moving forward and improving in their guitar journey.)

We made the Guitar Map so people like you can quickly identify what you don’t know, that you need to know next. We hope that makes sense!?

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