The D Minor Chord

You’ve probably noticed a theme by now. When going from a major to a minor chord, it’s usually just a matter of changing one note in the chord. But sometimes changing one note means rearranging more than one finger!


For the D minor chord, we’re going to learn it here using the 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers. I used to teach this chord (like most other teachers) with the 3rd finger rather than the 4th (shown in the pic above!), but there area few benefits to using the 4th instead, especially for beginners. For one, it gives your 4th finger an opportunity to shine and strengthen up. Also, it might actually be more comfortable than using your 3rd finger. For some, using the 3rd finger can actually be a bit of an awkward stretch.

Just like with the D major chord, the thickest two strings aren’t played with the D minor chord. The 4th string is open, and then you’ve got fingers on the three thinnest strings. Be really careful here that all of your fingers are placed squarely on their strings without muting any of the neighbouring strings. For instance, your 2nd finger on the 3rd string might accidentally creep up and mute that open 4th string.

Something you might want to play around with is finding what’s comfortable for you as far as your hand and arm position are concerned. Some people might find it easier to slant their fingers to one side while others will feel better with having them squarely in front of the strings. Try wobbling your arm around with your fingers in place on the strings and then slowly start to relax your arm and see where it naturally falls.