How to play A Minor (Am) Guitar Chord

by IanM on September 16, 2010

A Minor Guitar Chord

Play the videos below for examples of how to place your fingers to play the A Minor (Am) chord.

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Lunki July 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Hi… This site is really great. I’m just starting to learn guitar and your tutorials have been so helpful. Thank you! I’d love it if you’d make a tutorial of how to play Never Look Back, by Zach Berkman, sometime 😉


Misha October 10, 2014 at 12:11 am

How come on other websites they say do not play all the strings and have an x


IanM October 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hey misha, it’s because when you play a standard major or minor chord, you are playing 3 notes simultaneously. In the case of Am, you would be playing the A, C and E notes to make the Am chord. When you play the Am chord on a guitar, you will find that your fingers are pressing down on and one of those 3 notes (A, C or E), and that the strings you are not pressing are also one of those 3 notes, so it’s okay to play all strings when playing Am. That said, it’s recommended that the root note of the chord be the lowest note you play when strumming. This is why you would strum from the 5th string (which is an A note) and not from the 6th string (which is an E note). The root note for a chord is the same as the first letter in any chord, so for A minor or A major the root note is A. For G major or G major 7, the root note is G and so on. That’s why for a chord like Dm, they ask you to only play the first 4 strings, because the forth string is the lowest D note. It wont sound as good, but you can still play the 5th and 6th string, and as a beginner I wouldn’t worry so much about not playing specific strings until you’re more comfortable with strumming naturally. Hope that answers your question, and sorry for such a long winded answer haha.


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