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The A minor Chord, Guitar Lessons For Beginners Stage 2 (Guitar Lesson BC-121)



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Hi, how're you doing? Justin here.

In this video today we're gonna be checking out the A minor chord

which is the first minor chord that we've been looking at as part of our beginner course.

So, first thing you need to know about A minor is: it's actually really easy.

In fact it's...if you've done any practice, well, hopefully you've done some.

If you've done enough practise on your E chord, you should find A minor really easy

because it's exactly the same shape as an E chord but on a different set of strings.

So, let's get to a close-up of the A minor now and get you playing this new minor sound.

Well, here we go. Here's a look at your A minor chord.

Fantastic little chord it is, too.

Now, as you can see, it looks almost identical to E.

If I just move over to an E chord. There's E, there's A minor. Pretty straight forward this one.

So, let's go through it just one at a time and have a look at any problem areas.

So, first finger is going down now on the second string at the 1st fret.

Second finger is going down in the 2nd fret of the fourth string

and third finger goes down underneath at the 2nd fret of the third string.

Make sure you noticed that there's a cross at the bottom of the thickest string there

on the neck diagram, so we're not gonna play the thickest string.

but starting on the fifth string [plays], we should have that very nice sounding chord.

Again, if there's a problem with the A string, probably your second finger

is leaning forward and touching it. So pull it back.

It's very unlikely you have a problem with the D string note or the note A

which is the one on the G string...those three...

Here, with your first finger...

If you have any trouble with your second finger, you know, it's almost certainly the third finger

is laying a little bit too flat like that. So bring it up nice and round.

Remember, it really is important that these fingers have got that roundness to them.

That's really important.

So, third finger nice and round: you shouldn't have any problems with the first finger.

And also making sure that if the first string sounds like that, (plays), is a bit dead,

it's just bringing that first finger forward to making...so you really make sure,

that you're using your fingertips every time. That's really important.

And then remember, of course, strum (plays), pick them out one at a time (plays), and strum again (plays).

There's nothing much more difficult about the A minor than that. It's a pretty simple chord,

pretty straight forward, quite easy to change to and from if you've got used to E already.

So, get that one under your fingers and then join me for the next chord when you're ready.