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Chords Level 1
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MINOR CHORD SHAPES
Chord shapes as you will see, keep repeating on
the guitar.
Shapes can be used three ways -
1. They can be moved along the guitar
e.g. A to B.
2. They can be moved across the guitar
e.g. E to Am.
3. Be slightly changed e.g. E to Em.
Let’s first of all see how the minor chords are
similar in shape to some of the major chords.
Am.
This chord uses exactly the same fingering as E
major, only each finger is moved across the
guitar one string towards the floor.
The shape is also similar to A major though the
note that finger 4 of A plays is lowered one fret.
To finger this we replace finger 4 with finger 1.
Am is also similar to C. Finger 3 swings from
string 5 for C to string 3 for Am.
Bm.
This chord uses exactly the same fingering as F
major, though Bm starts on string 1 at fret 2.
The shape of F has been along and across the
guitar.
C#m.
This chord is based on the shape of E with
fingers 1 and 3 swapping strings.
Notice it uses the diagonal finger group of
fingers 1 and 2 (together).
Some people like to think of it as a backward
D chord.
Dm.
This chord has a similar shape to E major and
Am. The Am chord is lowered towards the
floor one string and finger 3 slides out one
fret.
Dm is also similar to D major with the note
that finger 2 of D plays being lowered by one
fret. This unfortunately requires a complete
shuffling of the fingering.
Em.
This chord is similar to E major only finger 1
is taken off. Even easier than E! This only
leaves the straight finger group of fingers 2
and 3.
F#m.
This chord uses exactly the same fingering
as A major, with the whole shape moved
across the guitar one string towards the
floor.
G#m.
This chord uses exactly the same fingering
as A major, with the whole shape moved
across the guitar one string towards the
floor and also moved along two frets to fret
four.