In this installment: The key of
This is the sixth installment of a series of articles designed to help those at the beginner/intermediate
banjo chords, as they would apply to
each given key. Here we are covering the key of A in this article. So letís
get started with the basic chords in the key of A.
The Basic chords in the key of
Now let me explain the chord charts in case you donít understand
them. They represent the banjo's neck.
From right to left are the strings on the neck of the banjo and the
lines represent the frets. Got it? Good. Above, Iíve shown the basic
chords for the key of A. Below are some additional chords that I refer
to as substitute chords.
Some substitute chords for the key of
You may have noticed that two of the chord diagrams in chart 2 have a
number to the left of them. The 7 to the left of the B minor 7th diagram means that the first fret
displayed is to be regarded as the seventh fret on your banjo. Okay?
In chart 2, I have listed what are called substitute chords. Letís say
you played the first chords listed in chart 1, in the order that they
were listed. For the A major chord, you can substitute a A major 7th
chord. The B minor chord can be replaced by the B minor 7th
chord. The same is true for each of the remaining. Play them. Has a
jazzy ring to it, doesnít it? Some people refer to substitute chords
as orchestral chords but it doesnít matter. A rose by any other name
still has a thorn. Iíve included additional substitute chords so that
you can improve your chordal vocabulary. Youíll be the life of the
party and the envy of all your peers. You will be on your way to
achieving greatness. The sky is the limit. Letís move on to some more
So now weíll close by
saying that we hope you will find this article useful in the process of
learning banjo chords. If there is something you think we should add,
just send a letter or E-mail and weíll be happy to give your suggestions
some consideration. We covered 16
chords in this lesson and in each future installment weíll cover 16 more. So keep on
playing and weíll see you next time.
Next installment: The key of Eb