Ultimate Kids Chords A Major F# Minor
The Key of A Major and the relative key of F# minor contain (3) sharps, which is an F#, a C#, a G# and no flats. This means we have to adjust every F note, C note and G note, by making it sharp or raising is 1/2 step or just one fret.
This means the F on the 1st fret of the 1st string would be played on the 2nd fret. The F on the 3rd fret of the 4th fret would be played sharp or on the 4th fret. Also the F on the 1st fret of the 6th string would be played on the 2nd fret or an F#.
Also the G note played on the 3rd fret of the 1st string would be played on the 4th fret, the G note played open on the 3rd string would be played on the 1st fret and the G played on the 3rd fret, 6th string would be played on the 4th fret, 6th string.
The Key of A Major has 3 chords they are A Major D Major and B Seventh – For short we just call them A D and B7. The relative key is F# minor. F# minor also has 3 chords they are F# Minor, B Minor and C# Seventh – For short we just call them F#m Bm and C#7.
A Major Chords – C# Minor Chords:
Notice that each of the chords is a 4 note chord. Each one includes the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings. We need not play the notes on the 5th and 6th strings until you have memorized these chords and can play them clearly and quickly change between chords. Only then can you play the full-blown 5 or 6 string chords.
Pay special attention to the finger numbers of the left hand in the black dots on the chord diagrams. Also look at the note names below each string and you can see what notes the chords are constructed from – more on that later.
Be sure to place your left hand fingers directly behind the fret in front of your finger. This is the easiest place to press down the string. Also say each chord as you strum it.
The Hardest Chords:
Which chord looks like it may be the hardest to play in this group? Can you guess? Well this group doesn’t have a really hard chord like the F chord of the C Major scale. The Bm and F#7 will probably give you the most trouble with this set of chords.
Try to change between chords smoothly and quickly. Remember when you play rhythm guitar you will have to change between chords in the space of one beat or one quarter note. You cannot pause and make everyone in the band stop while you find your chord.
Therefore memorize these chords very thoroughly and know how to switch between them very quickly. Always try to minimize your left hand finger movement and be as efficient as possible and move as few fingers as possible.