The A major triad, more commonly called the A major chord or simply the A chord for short, consists of the notes A, C-sharp and E. Here it is on the treble clef staff:
Here is the A major chord on the bass clef staff:
Here are both of the above chords on the piano:
As a major triad, the A chord consists of a major third plus a minor third. The interval from A to C-sharp is a major third, while the interval between C-sharp and E is a minor third.
Inversions of the A Chord
If the root of the A chord – A – is the bass note (i.e., the bottom note), then the chord is in root position:
If the third of the chord – C-sharp – is the bottom note, then the chord is in first inversion:
If the fifth of the chord – E – is the bass note, then the chord is in second inversion. (E is called the fifth of the chord because the interval from the root A to E is a fifth.)
A Major Arpeggios
If the notes of a chord are played one after the other, the chord is said to be arpeggiated. Here are the standard fingerings for arpeggios of the A chord. Make sure you learn these fingerings!
(If you don’t understand the below notation, you should start with my How to Read Sheet Music course.)
A major arpeggio in root position:
A major arpeggio in first inversion:
A major arpeggio in second inversion:
Start Your NEW Piano Journey
Let's stay in touch so I can help you achieve your dream of playing piano as effortlessly and beautifully as possible.
I'll send you occasional lessons and updates to help you along your path.
We will never sell your information, for any reason.