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Chords Level 1
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MINOR CHORDS
To tell minor chords from other chords we use
either the first three letters of the word minor
e.g. Amin or just the first letter e.g. Am.
Some of the minor chords are called sharp. The
symbol is the # e.g. G#m. The name of this chord
would be G sharp minor. Sharp means that the
chord has been moved one fret higher than it is
normally played. Normal Gm is in fret 3 while
G#m is moved one fret higher to fret 4. We
don’t learn the normal chords of Cm, Fm and Gm
because they are not as popular as their sharp
versions.
Again we will study possible tricks for changing
to and from these chords as we did with the
major chords. Probably the biggest hint is that
most of the minor chords have a similar shape to
a major chord and will therefore use similar
tricks that applied to that major chord shape.
For each minor chord will be shown hints for
changes to commonly related chords as would
appear in exercises and songs. Each and every
possibility is not shown to save space and
time. When you come across a chord change
that is not covered here be sure to study it
for all possible changing hints.
The two finger groups of fingers 2 and 3 are
extremely important again. There are two
more finger groups that are useful with the
minor chords. Both finger groups use fingers
1 and 2 in a diagonal finger group.
The first finger group has the fingers on
strings right beside each other as in F major.
This will be called "beside". The other finger
group has fingers 1 and 2 on strings
separated by one string as in E major. This
finger group of fingers 1 and 3 will be called
"separated".