Minor Triads

Minor triads are derived from the minor scale, and are the basis of the minor chord. They differ from the major triad in that they have a MINOR THIRD instead of a major third, which basically means we flatten the third note (move it down one semitone or one fret). Let’s look at the natural minor scale, in the key of A: … Read More

Minor Chords

As for major triads, we can finger common minor chord shapes based on our three-note triads by repeating some notes in the minor triad. Listen: Here’s an example of an ‘open position’ minor chord progression, with a simple melody in between the chord changes. This example is in the key of A Minor, so the melody is derived from the … Read More

Moveable Minor Chord Shapes

These shapes can be moved up and down the fingerboard to produce a minor chord in any key. The root note will dictate what minor chord it is. Note we need to use a first finger barre again for some of these. Here is an example of a minor chord progression using barre chords. Note the reggae-style strum pattern (each … Read More