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We will use standard triads here - a C major triad, a D major triad and an A minor triad.

Since the bass player stays on A the entire time, this will be where our ears think is home.

You can look at the bass and the guitar as one, when it comes to the final sound of these chords. The sound we get when we play a C major triad over A (in the bass) is the sound of A minor. The E note in C, is the fifth of A, the G acts as the flat seven of A, and the C note is the minor third of A. Along with the A in the bass, this creates a standard A minor chord.

The D major over A sound can be called just that - D/A. If we want to get fancy and find a name that really says we're in A, we can call it Asus4add13.

The F# note in the D major triad is the 13th (or 6th) in relation to A, the A note is of course the root, and the D note in relation to A is a 4th - i.e. makes it a sus4 type chord.

If you want to get picky with the naming, since there is no fifth here in relation to A, the most complete name would be Asus4add13(no5), specifying the lack of the E note.
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