3 – Minor chords

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MINOR CHORDS – HOW TO LEARN AND PLAY THEM

NOW YOU CAN START LEARNING MINOR CHORDS

So, you’ve hopefully learned the three major chords given in the last lesson. When we say “learned”, we hope that you have not only learned the shapes of the chords, but their names and the various other areas Gary covered. In this lesson, we are now moving on to minor chords. Minor chords are every bit as important as major chords and the three you will learn in this lesson are A minor, D minor and E minor.

HOW HARD ARE THE MINOR CHORDS I WILL LEARN?

The thing about these chord shapes is that they range from easy to difficult. The E minor chord is the easiest by far.

minor chords
In lesson three you find out all about minor chords.

You only need to use two fingers to play it and it’s easy to memorise. The A minor chord is in the middle re difficulty. Unlike the D minor chord, you now have to utilise three fingers, but the shape as Gary mentions, is very much like the E minor chord.  The D minor chord, however, is a chord that most beginners find hard to play. It can be played in several ways, but if you are using a traditional fingering, it’s quite a stretch.

HOW MUCH ARE MINOR CHORDS USED AS OPPOSED TO MAJOR CHORDS?

This is a tricky question to answer. The answer that you will probably hear the most is; it depends on the song. The fact is is that some songs are written in what are called minor keys. What this means is that the song will have quite a few minor chords within it. This is not to say that songs written in major keys don’t have minor chords; they do. Each major key has three minor chords in it so hopefully you can see that it’s important you really know the material in this lesson.

So, in the next lesson Gary will be bringing all the material you have now learned together in a lesson titled Changing Between Chords. If this is the first lesson you’ve looked at, we would encourage you to look back at our other lessons in the course titled The Anatomy Of The Guitar and Major Chords. Just click the lesson name on the right of this text.

Lesson tags: A minor chord, D minor chord, E minor chord, How to play minor chords, minor chords
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