Guitar Chords – A Horse With No Name by America

Chords are one of the most versatile aspects of a guitar; they can be played multiple ways along its fretboard – this process is known as “voicing”.

As with any musical endeavor, practice of chords should start slowly to establish proper rhythm and timing. A metronome can also help keep time, providing invaluable assistance with timing and rhythmic improvement.

E Minor

This chord follows the same fingerings as an Em, except without including a fifth note (or fret), creating an A11 chord – sometimes also known as D six-nine over F# or Dadd6add9. These chords should generally be played on both low E and high G strings; however, on this recording a bass player played it using only its second fret instead of an regular D chord.

America’s energetic tune, “America,” features an eye-catching whistling melody and relaxed, casual ambience. Released as their first single in Europe late 1971 and early 1972 respectively, it quickly became a hit and reached number one on both charts in both regions.

Apart from being great fun to play, this song provides a fantastic opportunity to understand the differences between major and minor scales. Just by shifting any major scale down one half step can create an entirely different sound! Additionally, learning two rhythms simultaneously is an integral component of basic musicianship.


This chord is known as a D6add9 or D six-nine over F#. Although its appearance might seem complicated, its composition is actually very straightforward: just the root, fifth and seventh notes from a D major scale are combined into this chord.

Strumming patterns for this song may be difficult at first, but once mastered they shouldn’t pose too many difficulties. Simply alternate down-up strums with up-down-up strums. A metronome may help keep rhythm straight.

This timeless American song remains one of the best beginner acoustic guitar tunes. Featuring two easy-to-fret chords and elements such as strumming (intermediate) and picking (advanced), this tune can be enjoyed by players of all levels – especially those looking to practice major and minor chords! Additionally, Dewey Bunnell was inspired by Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher’s writing when writing its lyrics!

E Major

This chord progression from America’s classic song, “A Horse With No Name”, is an ideal beginner song to learn. Although its chord names might seem complex, this chord progression is actually very easy to master with only two fingers needed at any one time and they only ever change positions once per beat!

This song utilizes E minor and D6/9/F# chords (known as the “Horse Chord”). These two chords alternate every measure or four beats. While its name might seem complicated, playing it actually only requires jumping one finger from E minor chord to D string chord.

This chord progression in E Dorian features four sharps. To find more songs in this key using TheoryTab database. In this video Marty shows you the hand shape for these chords as well as where to place your fingers when creating them, as well as ways to enhance muscle memory to allow you to play flawlessly.

D Major

“A Horse With No Name” by America is an iconic folk-rock classic, known for its simple chord progression and infectious groove – making it ideal for beginner guitarists learning their instrument.

This song uses two chords, Em and D6-9/F#. Although these may sound complex to play, both chords are very straightforward – just move your fingers from D & A strings to G&L E strings (E). While for D6-9/F# simply move one finger from second fret on B string to second fret on G string using same finger movement.

These chords provide an excellent opportunity to hone your musical theory skills, particularly the D Major scale degrees – tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant and leading note/tone – through practicing complex chords. Understanding these terms will assist in playing more intricate chords more accurately.