|lesson 1 - sitting to play the guitar lesson 2 - have fun learning e minor and d minor chords lesson 3 - a basic overview of a 3rd chord in g lesson 4 - different fun rhythms and basic picking lesson 5 - playing in a major lesson 6 - scales - introduction to the scale of a major lesson 7 - which ones are a must and what they are lesson 8 - Answers to common guitar learning problems lesson 9 - a song with 3 chords - margaritaville lesson 10 - folk/60's tune - love the one you're with lesson 11 - Fingering Patterns - All Major Chords lesson 12 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Chords lesson 13 - Fingering Patterns - Major Scales lesson 14 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Scales lesson 15 - Song Structure - Verses,Choruses,and Bridges lesson 16 - Fingering Patterns - Major Bar Chords lesson 17 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Bar Chords lesson 18 - Exotic Sounding Chords - Augmented and Diminished lesson 19 - Classic Guitar Songs - Stairway to Heaven lesson 20 - Basic Melodic Playing - Basic Lead Guitar||
HAVE FUN LEARNING E MINOR AND D MINOR CHORDS
So many lessons focus on the Major chords. The minor chords can be fun and are important too. So many great and fun songs use the Minor chords today. The E and D Minor chords are fun and easy to start with, and have a lot to offer any guitarist musically. With some practice you will be able to add these two chords to the ones you have already mastered and broaden your musical horizons.
LEARNING E MINOR
Let’s start with the easiest chord first, the E Minor chord. This chord uses the triad notes of E, G, and B. The Major chord that corresponds with E Minor is G.
You can see that playing E Minor only involves using 2 fingers on the fretting hand.
Make sure that you are playing the chord correctly by picking each string starting with the 6th string. This will let you know that all the notes are ringing clearly for a perfect sound. If a note sounds off adjust your fingers and try again.
LEARNING D MINOR
Once you have mastered the E Minor chord, we can move on to the D Minor chord. The triad used for D Minor is the D, F, and A notes. The Major chord that corresponds with D Minor is F.
This chord is not played as much as many of the others, so extra practice to commit it to memory for when you need it is important.
Make sure each note sounds right and clear. You will know if you are hitting the upper 2 strings because the sound will not be good. Hitting just the 4 bottom strings may take some practice. It is a natural reaction to want to hit them all.
Once you have practiced and memorized where to place your fingers it is best to practice some basic strumming in these chords. This will allow you to have better control on changing your fret hand and strumming well at the same time. Make sure that the first thing you do before starting is to tune your guitar. Just the actions of practicing chords can knock a tuned guitar off. Either use a pick you are comfortable with one, or a finger pick if that is better for you.
Practice playing the following exercise:
When playing the above pattern you will want to keep a few tips in mind.
A METRONOME IS ESSENTIAL
Make sure to practice strumming using a metronome. This will help you stay in time, keep things even, and smooth. A metronome is your best friend and can help you naturally keep your rhythm with out having to count out load.
Once you have become really comfortable with the rhythm then you can move on to some songs that utilize the E and D minor chords and practice those. Make sure you feel comfortable with what you have done before moving on to anything harder. There is a reason they say, “practice makes perfect!”