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‘A’ Shape Reggae Chords

By Darren DeFranco


Hey everybody,

In this lesson, we’re going to look at our ‘A’ shape reggae chords. These are derived from an open A chord, simple playing the top three strings. You’ll notice that the shape also comes from a root 5 major chord. These stripped down chords often sound much punchier and work very well in a band setting. Work to memorize the the shape and also remember your root note is now on your third string. Because of that, these chords a great way to reinforce the notes on the third string!

So have fun with these new shapes!


First, memorize the shapes you learned in this lesson. Then, quiz yourself by trying to play the following A shape reggae chords: E major, B minor, F# major, C minor, D major.



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