In this post, I will show you how to play the Dm (D minor) chord on the guitar. You’ll learn about fingering and exactly what notes this chord consists of. This chord is most often written as “Dm” or the lowercase letter d. This chord is played very often in songs for beginner guitarists in easy keys.
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How to Play the D Minor Chord on the Guitar?
- With your first finger, press the first string on the first fret.
- With your second finger, press the third string on the second fret.
- With your third finger, press the second string on the third fret.
Try to play a D minor chord by plucking only the first four strings, avoiding the thickest fifth and sixth strings so that the sound of the chord is not disturbed. Of course, don’t worry if at the initial stage of learning you accidentally pluck one or both strings with a cross on the diagram.
Regular practice will make your right hand start tugging at the strings more and more precisely.
There is a circle next to string #4 on the diagram. It means that this string is not pressed with any finger, we leave it “open”.
The Dm grip looks like a little flattened top. Pay attention to this, imagine in your head how the fingers should be folded to form this top, and it will be easier for you to remember the chord quickly.
The Dm chord consists of the notes D, F, and A. The major in this case is the D sound, the minor third is the F sound, while the A sound is the major third. A standard minor chord consists of a minor third and a major third.
Take a peek at the diagram and notice that pressing the first string on the first fret yields the F sound. Pressing the third string on the second fret yields the A sound, while pressing the second string on the third fret yields the D sound. The fourth empty string is the D sound.
Despite the fact that the fifth empty string produces a sound that is part of the D minor chord, we try not to jerk it, as it is not the prima or first sound of the chord. This would cause a slight disturbance in the sound.
If you are coming into contact with the D minor chord for the first time, then to begin with, read the diagram carefully and check with which finger to press which string. Then try to memorize in your head the shape of this chord. Take your hand off the neck and press the appropriate strings again.
Practice slowly, don’t worry if pressing the right strings takes you a long time at first. Every guitarist who learns a new chord must do it in a similar way. Even if he’s been playing for a while, mastering a new chord doesn’t come just like that. He simply has to memorize its shape and then practice. Of course, the more advanced he is in playing, the faster this process will go.
If you already know some other chord, such as A minor, then try to slowly make changes between these chords. Before you make a change, have in your mind how the chord is structured and how your hand should be positioned to play it. The art of quickly rearranging chords is really not so much about rearranging your fingers quickly, but about thinking quickly what chord is next. Then the brain sends a signal to the hand, and it already forms the right grip on its own (when trained).
Learning how to play the D Minor chord is an essential step in your musical journey. It’s a chord filled with emotion and depth, and it can be found in a wide range of musical genres. With practice and dedication, you can master this chord and use it to create beautiful music.
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