Introduction to the A minor chord on guitar
Learning to play the A minor chord on guitar is a common first step in a guitarist’s journey. This lesson will help you learn it with ease.
It’s 1 of the 3 foundational open minor guitar chords, the other 2 chords being D minor and E minor.
How to play the open A minor chord on guitar
The most commonly seen version of the A minor chord on guitar is the 3 finger, open position shape. This is called the “A minor shape”.
Here’s how to play the A minor chord, step-by-step:
- Place your index finger on fret 1 of the B string
- Place your ring finger on fret 2 of the G string
- Place your middle finger on fret 2 of the D string
- Strum all strings starting from the A string. Make sure you don’t play the low E string.
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Understanding the A minor chord on guitar
Writing the A minor chord
You might see minor chord names abbreviated differently as you learn guitar. The three most common ways to write the A minor chord are:
A minor – Amin – Am
Notes in the A minor chord
The notes in the A minor chord are A,C, and E.
Am chord intervals
|1 (root)||b3 ( minor third)||5 (fifth)|
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What is the difference between A major and A minor on guitar?
There are 8 total foundational guitar chords, A major and A minor being two of them. The difference between A major and A minor is the 3rd.
A major has a major 3rd (3), and A minor has a minor 3rd (b3). Relative to the A root note, changing the third makes a dramatic difference in the chord’s sound.
Now that you’ve learned the A minor chord on guitar you can move onto new things!
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