A Minor Chord – For Left-Handed Guitarists

Explore the A minor chord through our easy-to-follow guide. Master three variations of A Minor, and delve into the chord’s theory, tailored for left-handed players.

How to play the A minor chord

Open position

A Minor Chord - Open Position - Left-Handed
  1. Finger Placement:
    • Place your index finger on the 1st fret of the B (2nd) string.
    • Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the G (3rd) string.
    • Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D (4th) string.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum the top 5 strings, and mute the low E (6th string).

A Minor Chord – E Barre Shape

  1. Finger Placement:
    • Use your index finger to barre (press down) all the strings at the 5th fret.
    • Place your ring finger (3rd finger) on the 7th fret of the A (5th) string.
    • Place your pinky (4th finger) on the 7th fret of the D (4th) string.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum all six strings from the low E (6th) string down to the high E (1st) string.

A Minor Chord – Moveable Shape

  1. Finger Placement:
    • Barre the top three strings (1st – 3rd) at the 5th fret with your index (1st) finger.
    • Use your ring finger (3rd finger) to fret the D string (4th) at the 7th fret.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum the top 4 strings, from the D (4th) to the high E (1st) string.

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A Minor Chord – Theory

The A minor scale consists of the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. We’ll focus on the 1st (root), 3rd, and 5th scale degrees to form the chord:

Scale DegreeNote in A Minor ScaleNote in A Minor ChordInterval from Root (A)Role in Chord
3rdCCMinor third (3 half steps)Minor Third
5thEEPerfect fifth (7 half steps)Perfect Fifth

Scale Degree: The position of the note in the A natural minor scale
Note in A Minor Scale: The note at each scale degree.
Note in A Minor Chord: The notes used to form the A minor chord.
Interval from Root (A): The distance from the root note A to each note in the chord.
Role in Chord: Describes how each note functions in the chord.

The A minor chord is formed by combining the 1st, 3rd, and 5th degrees of the A minor scale (A, C, and E). The interval from the root A to the third C is a minor third, and from the root A to the fifth E is a perfect fifth. This combination of intervals gives the A minor chord its distinctive sound.

The Role of A Minor in Keys – Chord Function

The A minor chord appears in the following keys.

KeyRole of A MinorChord Function
C MajorAm (6th chord)Submediant
G MajorAm (2nd chord)Supertonic
F MajorAm (3rd chord)Mediant
D MinorAm (5th chord)Dominant
A MinorAm (1st chord)Tonic
E MinorAm (4th chord)Subdominant
Other KeysNot present
  • Key: The musical key.
  • Role of A Minor: Indicates the position of the A minor chord within the key (if present).
  • Chord Function: Describes the musical role of the A minor chord in that key (e.g., Tonic, Subdominant, etc.).
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