The A Chord

2 Week ‘Kick Start’ Beginner Guitar Course
– with Mark McKenzie Part 6

“The A Chord”


The A chord is an easy chord to remember. I think of it as ‘Three in a Row’.

There are a few different ways you can play this chord and I show you a couple and explain them in this video. The important thing is to find the way that works best for you.



  1. Tony Burke

    To dat I have been unable open the videos and receive the same message all the time Sorry because of privacy settings this video cannot be viewed here. Can you please sort the problem out for me. Lessons 2 ans 3 still cannot be viewed. I’m using an I Pad

    1. Jon Coursey Post author

      Hi Tony, sorry for the inconvenience. So you’re on ipad. And where are you located? Are you able to send a screen image of the page to That will help us to figure out why it’s not working for you.Thanks.

  2. Ernest cook

    Dear Mark

    My ability to access your videos is….inconsistent as there are times I receive a message stating….”SORRY…DUE TO PRIVACY SETTINGS…THIS VIDEO MAY NT BE VIEWED!!!

    I have found that….if I make a repeated effort….there have been times thaI can view the video!

    Any suggestions???



  3. Ivy

    Hi Mark,

    Very simple and practical method. I love your video illustrations. It’s like having a teacher in front of you.

  4. Kamrul

    Hi Mark,
    I need to tune my guitar at first before i start learning and playing. Could you please let me know how I can tune my guitar.

  5. James

    Can you also use your pinky finger to do the A chord, so it will look like playing the A chord without using your index (pointer) finger but using your pinky finger instead?

    1. Mark McKenzie

      You can if that’s what works for you… and it will help to play it that way when you come to the A shape barre chord later on down the track.

  6. anura

    I love these teach nicely..thank you

  7. Christian

    Very good Mark, I’m 75 year old and learning the guitar, I love your course, but don’t have much time to practice, thank you Mark

  8. Tony

    This is the chord that gave me a hard time besides the C chord. I usually use 2 fingers for the forming of the A.

  9. Baccareh

    Your teaching is precise,,,,,,,I love it

  10. Joan barker

    I love your lessons, they are easy to understand and follow.

  11. david payne

    Hi Mark,
    i’v got large fingers so found it hard to place them 1 2 3 as #3 falls over fret 2, so after a bit of work i found it easier to place 1 3 and then squeek 2 down through middle, helped me alot maybe will help other new-bs.

  12. christina Baquil

    Good day.I’m familiar with major chords but not much with minor chords.and I want to improve on fast strumming.thank you

  13. Daniel Sandlin

    Once again, this is a chord I know quite well, but I practice often changing quickly!!!!

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