How to find a minor chord on guitar

By | April 4, 2021

Find a minor chord on guitar


Finger a big chord. We use a standard D chord as an example: XX0232.


Find the root of the chord, which is the note after which the chord is named. For a D chord, D is the root. You play two D notes in a standard D chord, one on the fourth string and one on the 2nd.


Find ‘third’, which is a note two steps up from the root. In a D chord, the third is F #. You decide this by playing each note in the key up from the root: D, E, F #. (You can also sing ‘do, re, I’ to yourself and ‘I’ is the 3rd.)


Release the third semitone or semitone. In a D chord, you avoid F # to an F. In a standard D chord, this means that you play F on the first string so that the chord looks like: XX0231.


Replace all thirds with the lost semitone. In a standard D chord, there are only three. In more complicated chords, it can be more.

Tips and warnings

  • More complicated chord forms, such as 7th chords or reduced chords, may have more complicated smaller chords, but the same principles hold.
  • If you know the most common chords on guitar, you can find smaller chords (‘boring’ sounding chords) without having to memorize countless new forms. Follow these steps to find the smaller form of guitar chord.