Basic Chords Minor

"Basic Chord Figures/Minor"

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Here are a few more chord shapes. You should have reviewed and learned from the Major chord page first. After you become comfortable with the minor and major chords you will be able to move on to holding and playing "barred chords".  There is one included below. When you get down to the tablature or chord boxes you can reference more in depth tablature and notation on the "Tablature and Notation" page just follow the link.

Again, please be mindful that:

 

 

 

Guitar tablature is a good tool for learning chords and your favorite cover song. However, guitar tablature is limited because it only shows you how to hold the notes and were to hold them but does not tell you for how long to hold them. Before I learned how to read standard music notation I couldn't figure out the whole song that I really wanted to play. Now I can play almost any song I get my hands on within reason. Learning how to read music to me is very important but not always necessary. I have played with a lot of musicians that are real good that couldn't read music. They all told me that it took so long for them to learn songs by ear. But don't get that wrong some people have that good of an ear. If you are like most of us you will need these tools. Reading music is just another tool to make learning and communicating easier.

So, with that I will be getting into reading music, time signature, scales, modes, and some other tools and subjects that later on will make it easier for you to communicate your ideas to other musicians.

I am going to give you a description of what exactly I am doing in the pictures because I understand that sometimes it is hard to tell what the person is holding. So there is a description with each picture.

Before we go any further If you are not sure of your finger names and numbers go back to the lesson one page and read that or watch the video again.

You will notice that here I refer to the chords as capital letters. The first illustration will be the  "A"  then the word "minor". If you see any capital letter with a small "m" next to it or over a chord box or staff it is a "minor" chord. Other examples using "Am" would be: Am, A minor, A min., and in some cases you will see a symbol. But to familiarize you with it I wrote it out. There is a green dot on the "Chord Box"  it is a "root note". All that means is that the lowest note is usually the root note so you can play the open "A" string (5th string) with this chord. the green dot would be one octave higher in pitch so it is the root note but an octave higher than the open "A" string! Notice that when you are looking at me hold the chord it is different then the chord box and why. When you see a chord box it is as if you are behind the guitar looking down at your neck. Remember the 6th string is the lowest.

 

 

 

 

 

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A minor

  1. Firmly place your thumb on the middle of the back of the neck of your guitar.
  2. Then place your first finger on the first fret, second string. Try to keep up on your finger tips and close to the frets to get a clear sound.
  3. Now place your second finger on the second fret, fourth string
  4. Finally place your third finger on the second fret, third string.
  5. Strum the chord from the fifth string down. In this chord you can play the first, second, third, fourth and fifth strings. These notes are in the chord.(A C E )Then from the first string up and try to get the chord as clear as you can. If it is not clear then play the notes one string at a time until you track down what note is not ringing out clearly. Then position your finger on the note better being mindful not to touch the other strings above or below it.
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D minor

  1. Place your first finger on the first fret, first string. Try to keep up on your finger tips and close to the frets to get a clear sound.
  2. Now place your second finger on the second fret, third string.
  3. Finally, place your third finger on the third fret, second string
  4. Strum the chord from the fourth string down. In this chord you can play the first, second, third, fourth strings. These notes are in the chord.(D F A)Then from the first string up and try to get the chord as clear as you can. If it is not clear then play the notes one string at a time until you track down what note is not ringing out clearly. Then position your finger on the note better being mindful not to touch the other strings above or below it.

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B minor

  1. Firmly place your thumb on the middle of the back of the neck of your guitar.
  2. Then place your first finger on the second fret, flat fretting the fifth string down to the first string. Try to keep up on your finger flat and close to the frets to get a clear sound.
  3. Now place your second finger on the third fret, second string
  4. Place your third finger on the forth fret, fourth string . And your fourth finger on the fourth fret, third string.
  5. Strum the chord from the fifth string down. In this chord you can play the first, second, third, fourth and fifth and sixth strings. These notes are in the chord.(B-D-F#)Then from the first string up and try to get the chord as clear as you can. If it is not clear then play the notes one string at a time until you track down what note is not ringing out clearly. Then position your finger on the note better being mindful not to touch the other strings above or below it.

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E minor

  1. Firmly place your thumb on the middle of the back of the neck of your guitar.
  2. Then place your second finger on the second fret, fifth string. Try to keep up on your finger tips.
  3. Now place your third finger on the second fret, fourth string.
  4. Strum the chord from the sixth string down. In this chord you can play the first, second, third, fourth and fifth and sixth strings. These notes are in the chord.(E-G-B)Then from the first string up and try to get the chord as clear as you can. If it is not clear then play the notes one string at a time until you track down what note is not ringing out clearly. Then position your finger on the note better being mindful not to touch the other strings above or below it.
  5. Please note that I am keeping my 1st finger and 4th finger out of the way for the sake of the picture. Place them were it is comfortable for you as long as they do not touch the strings while playing this chord.

 

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