Important Minor Chords for Beginning Guitarists

Eric Schimpf currently works as the managing director of Merrill Lynch in Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Eric Schimpf enjoys playing the guitar.

There are eight guitar chords beginners should immediately learn. In addition to the C, A, G, E, and D chords, there are three minor chords that can help an amateur guitarist play tens of thousands of songs. The A minor (Am) chord is one of these critical beginner chords. To play an Am, guitarists will strum only the bottom five strings, omitting the low E string. The fifth, or A string, will be played open, as will the high E string. To form the rest of the chord, the B string will need to be depressed on the first fret while both the D and G strings must be held down on the second fret. By shifting the B string from the first to second fret as well, a guitarist will be playing a traditional A chord.

The E minor (Em) chord is similar to Am, though the open E string will be played. By moving one’s fingers from the D and G strings up to the D and A strings, while remaining on the second fret, guitarists can play the remaining strings open. The D minor, finally, involves omitting both the E and A strings. The D string should be played open while the G, B, and E strings should be depressed on the second, third, and first frets, respectively.

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