In this lesson, Bradford walks through several alternate voicings of common chords in the key of A. These voicings will allow you to move more quickly between chords, and they sound a little more open and natural, especially on acoustic.
Standard chords in A
Typically, you would play chords in A using these voicings:
While these chords will sound fine, here are some alternatives you can use that will add a bit of flavor to your playing. When playing in A, you can use these voicings interchangeably with the standard voicings – they will pretty much always sound accurate.
Alternate A Voicing
Alternate F#m voicing
This one is very similar to the alternate A shape – just wrap your thumb around and fret the low E string on the 2nd fret (which is an F#m).
Alternate Bm voicing
This voicing is similar to a D shape.
Alternate G#m voicing
This one is very similar to the F#m alternate voicing – just slide it up 2 frets. It doesn’t show up a lot in the key of A, but if it does, you can play it like this.