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Minor Barre Chords
The A-minor shape barre chord uses the same shape as the normal A-minor guitar chord, but with different fingers. The reason for that, like with the E-major shape, is that we want our index finger to be free.
This is what it would normally look like when you play the A minor (Am) chord...
Minor Barre Chords using the A-minor shape are the 2nd most common and are widely used to fret more difficult minor chords. Here's how to play them...
We're now going to play the same Am chord shape, using different fingers. Like this...
Notice that the index finger is free? That's what we want.
Now we're going to maintain that shape, move our hand up the fretboard until our middle finger is on the 4th fret, and then use out index finger to fret (barre) all the strings on the 3rd fret. Here's what it should look like...
You're now playing the C Minor Barre chord.
This is what it'll look like in chord chart format. The arch connecting the 1's mean that the index finger (finger 1), is used to bar over the fret.
This shape is called the Am Barre chord shape and with it, you can play any minor chord on the guitar. By keeping your fingers in that shape and simply moving you hand up and down the neck of the guitar, you're playing different keys.
Now you know the minor barre chord shape and how to play it.
The following lesson will teach you how to use Barre Chords in songs.
Proceed to Barre chord tactics.
Here's what it should sound and look like: