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Video:How to Play the A Minor Chord

with Christopher Pennington

A minor is a basic minor guitar chord that is essential to master for learning how to play music.Check out these tips for making the A minor chord ring out clearly on a guitar.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play the A Minor Chord

Hi there, my name is Christopher Pennington for About.com and I'm going to show you how to play an A minor chord on the guitar.

Be Familiar with the Guitar Structure

Before we get started, let's go over a few details to help simplify things. On the neck of the guitar you can see that there are metal strips that cross the wood of the neck. These are called frets. Frets divide the length of the guitar string into notes.

When referring to the frets, you count from the first fret at the end of the neck near the tuning pegs and work your way toward the sound hole. So this is the first fret, this is the second, this is the third, and so on.

On a standard guitar you have six strings, and they are numbered from the highest string to the lowest: The 1st string is E. The 2nd string is B. The 3rd string is G. The 4th string is D. The 5th string is A. and the 6th string is the low E. And lastly, your fingers are also assigned numbers: The index finger is the 1st. The middle finger is the 2nd. The ring finger is the 3rd and the pinky or baby finger is the fourth.

A Minor Chord Finger Position on Guitar

Begin by placing your 2nd finger on the 4th string just behind the 2nd fret. Now place your third finger on the 3rd string behind the 2nd fret as well. And finally, place your 1st finger on the 2nd string behind the first fret. Now press the strings down so that they touch the fret board underneath. Now pick the strings and see how each one sounds.

If you hear a buzz, you're either not pressing down quite firmly enough, or your fingers are either on top of the fret, or too far away. Adjust your fingers until you hear a nice clear note. Now you'll notice that 1st, 5th and 6th strings are open. You can strum these notes as well, as they compliment the notes that you are pressing down with your fingers. Thanks for watching. For more tips on playing the guitar and other musical lessons, please check us out at About.com.

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