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Alternate Chord Voicings – Key of A

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.

9 Responses to Alternate Chord Voicings – Key of A

  1. Chuck Feb 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Been looking to add some life to my playing. Alternate chords is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks! Keep em coming!

  2. davilastephens May 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    thank you!!!

  3. Jonathan Fry Mar 15, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks man! Are you all going to make an alternate voicings tutorial in G? I’ve seen a lot of worship musicians like Kristian Stanfill and Bethel Music use alternate chords in G and would love to learn how to keep my playing in G from being repititive.

    • Brian Apr 4, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      Hey Jonathan – yes we should add that lesson to the list.

  4. saurav sahay May 24, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    hey man!!! i am a new enthusiast in ths field nd thnx alot for ur videos and guidance i am such a fan. I am from india nd i literally consider u my “guru” whch in our language means “the great teacher” u have made it all learning sooo easy nd xciting tht withn a span of 2 mnths i hve learnd playing sevral songs. i hvae seen sooo many videos but now whenevr i google the chords of a song and i find sme chord that i havnt learnt yet i know where i have to look for the answer. i have seen many videos of other people as well but u r srsly a genius in the way u teach thngs nd mke learning quite easy specially with the alternatives u provide to many chords.
    I am having a serious trouble playing the barre chords since my fingers r a bit short nd fleshy i always end up muting the lower E no matter however hard i try can u help me with that or will it go away with practice?
    nd ya thanx alot man for ur videos i am hghly obliged. wish u luck and happiness in ur lyf 🙂

  5. Mike Sep 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks much for your tutorials. They have helped me a lot. God bless u.

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