A minor chords

A - C - E

Chord Theory

A minor chords include the 1st, b3rd and 5th notes of the A major scale. The b3rd gives the chord a distinctive sound of melancholy or sadness.

  • A Major Scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
  • Chord: A Minor - written as Am
  • Formula: 1 - ♭3 - 5
  • Notes: A - C - E

Am Chords - RH/LH

Spelling: 1st(A), b3rd (C), 5th(E)

Written: x02210
Notes: x-A-E-A-C-E
Form/chord shape: Am

 TAB     e |-0-|
         B |-1-|
         G |-2-|
         D |-2-|
         A |-0-|
         E |---|


Written: 577555
Notes: A-E-A-C-E-A
Form/chord shape: Em

 TAB     e |-5-|
         B |-5-|
         G |-5-|
         D |-7-|
         A |-7-|
         E |-5-|


Written: x-0-7-9-10-8
Notes: x(E)-A-C#-G-A-E
Form/chord shape: Dm

 TAB     e |-8--|
         B |-10-|
         G |-9--|
         D |-7--|
         A |-0--|
         E |----|


An easy wasy to remember the 3rd position Am chord is to play a Dm chord with fingers 2, 3, and 4 starting on the 8th fret. Then, simply add your first finger to the 4th string 7th fret. If you play a Dm in the normal position starting on the first fret and move up 7 frets (7 semitones), you reach Am. Adding your first finger takes care of the tonic or root note, with an open A, an octave below the tonic... neat sweet and complete!

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