How To Play An A-Minor Chord On Guitar

This is actually a very interesting guitar chord and one of those which are easy to learn. That is especially true if you already know how to play an E-Major chord – because in that case, all you have to do is move each of your fingers one string down. It’s as simple as that. Also, for guitar beginners it’s helpful to know that the abbreviation ‘Am’ is commonly used in songbooks and tabs for an A-Minor chord. Here is short video that will show you exactly how to play an A-Minor Chord on guitar:

Alright, here is a picture of the A-Minor chord and detailed instructions on what to do with the fingers of your playing hand:

A-Minor Open Chord

A-Minor Chord (Am)

1. Index finger: 1st fret on the B-String
2. Middle finger: 2nd fret on the D-String
3. Ring finger: 2nd fret on the G-String
4. For this chord, play all the strings except for the low E-String.

 The A-Minor chord is found in countless songs. One example I can spontaneously think of is ‘House of the Rising Sun’ – this piece actually starts with an Am chord. Personally, I think it ‘harmonizes’ very well with the C-Major chord. Try it out for yourself and you’ll see that they sound pretty good when combined with each other.

A little bit more theory around the A-Minor (Am) Chord

Don’t worry, we will keep things simple. As you know, a chord consists of three or more notes played at the same time. In the case of the Am Chord, these notes are A, C and E. Each minor chord has a major chord relative. In music theory this is based on the principle of parallel keys. The parallel key to A-Minor is C-Major. This explains why, as stated before, the Am chord sounds great when played in combination with a C-Major chord.

Published date: July 14th, 2013 by Ulrich Peise

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