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The A minor Chord, Guitar Lessons For Beginners Stage 2 (Guitar Lesson BC-121)

November 2, 2019

Hi, how’re you doing? Justin here. In this video today we’re gonna be checking out the A minor chord which is the first minor chord that we’ve been looking at as part of our beginner course. So, first thing you need to know about A minor is: it’s actually really easy. In fact it’s…if you’ve done any practice, well, hopefully you’ve done some. If you’ve done enough practise on your E chord, you should find A minor really easy because it’s exactly the same shape as an E chord but on a different set of strings. So, let’s get to a close-up of the A minor now and get you playing this new minor sound. Well, here we go. Here’s a look at your A minor chord. Fantastic little chord it is, too. Now, as you can see, it looks almost identical to E. If I just move over to an E chord. There’s E, there’s A minor. Pretty straight forward this one. So, let’s go through it just one at a time and have a look at any problem areas. So, first finger is going down now on the second string at the 1st fret. Second finger is going down in the 2nd fret of the fourth string and third finger goes down underneath at the 2nd fret of the third string. Make sure you noticed that there’s a cross at the bottom of the thickest string there on the neck diagram, so we’re not gonna play the thickest string. but starting on the fifth string [plays], we should have that very nice sounding chord. Again, if there’s a problem with the A string, probably your second finger is leaning forward and touching it. So pull it back. It’s very unlikely you have a problem with the D string note or the note A which is the one on the G string…those three… Here, with your first finger… If you have any trouble with your second finger, you know, it’s almost certainly the third finger is laying a little bit too flat like that. So bring it up nice and round. Remember, it really is important that these fingers have got that roundness to them. That’s really important. So, third finger nice and round: you shouldn’t have any problems with the first finger. And also making sure that if the first string sounds like that, (plays), is a bit dead, it’s just bringing that first finger forward to making…so you really make sure, that you’re using your fingertips every time. That’s really important. And then remember, of course, strum (plays), pick them out one at a time (plays), and strum again (plays). There’s nothing much more difficult about the A minor than that. It’s a pretty simple chord, pretty straight forward, quite easy to change to and from if you’ve got used to E already. So, get that one under your fingers and then join me for the next chord when you’re ready.


  • Reply CleverDjembe March 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    amazing chord!!!!!!!!

  • Reply donreifdk May 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Music is like everything else you like. When you get the good stuff you get addicted! This guy just wanna share the music and wisdom i just wanna learn from the WIZ you rock man! Thanks for all the great lessons

  • Reply Ted Marriott August 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    ^This guys gr8!!! 😀

  • Reply santosh chandrashekhar February 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

    You are the Best ever online Guitar teacher 🙂

  • Reply kristaps194 May 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I loved D but this sounds even more amazing!
    Thanks from Latvia to Justin!

  • Reply Jason August 2, 2011 at 5:24 am

    HANDS DOWN best guitar lessons on youtube.

  • Reply bfmv580 August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    That one is nice and simple, even easier than E.

  • Reply dimension222 October 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    101,696 views n no dislikes….awesome….:)

  • Reply Haris Sepo May 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I am like totally serious: u r a boss

  • Reply Kevin Ryu August 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    is anyone else having an abnormal amount of trouble with the ring finger placement? it keeps on muting the other strings

  • Reply shauna mcintyre August 26, 2012 at 10:47 am


  • Reply Dezacled September 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Stairway to heaven song has intro with Am chord

  • Reply Bhawna03 January 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I've been having this problem. Even though people say that the D chord is one of the easiest to learn, I am having trouble placing the ring finger for it keeps affecting my middle finger. I just can't seem to keep it straight 🙁

  • Reply Nick Prince January 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    i got a similar issue. my ring finger was cut off at the last knuckle when i was young, it was re-attatched but i have a scar that makes chords a real pain. I got no fix for ya but keep stretching and you will make progress.

  • Reply Nick Prince January 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    practice stretching and technique and you shall overcome!!!

  • Reply Bhawna03 January 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Thankfully, I was finally able to do it after hours and hours and hours of practice. Thanks for the advice though! 😀

  • Reply thenextguardado January 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Good video, but you have the wrong numbers on the chart, on the 4th string it should say 2 (for 2nd finger) and 3rd string should say 3 (for 3rd finger).

  • Reply Nader Mohyedden March 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I got it fast 😀 thx justin ur amazing

  • Reply justdancingintharain March 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I can't afford guitar lessons. I got a guitar as a gift. Amen for Justin!

  • Reply PixelSlashPlays April 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm


  • Reply HQDivinity April 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Marty Schwartz? Hahah, they're my two favourite teachers but Justin's better 😛

  • Reply HQDivinity April 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Trust me, Justin is better than getting guitar lessons! ^^

  • Reply PenguinAdorable101 April 23, 2013 at 3:04 am

    I don't get it 🙁

  • Reply BTM Dance Group May 2, 2013 at 1:43 am

    this is a sexy lesson 🙂

  • Reply Michiko May 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    hello my fellow guitar classmates.

  • Reply Piyush Yankee June 29, 2013 at 5:24 am


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  • Reply Daune Smith September 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Maaan, you are the SCHIZNICK! Thank you for doing this.

  • Reply Artene Petrică November 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    hi course mates !! fingers hurt but I am ok and keep going !

  • Reply ryuuzaki24 December 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    the way you put your fingers on the guitar is not the way the scheme tells you to, dunno if there has been some kind of mistake, the scheme is by far stranger to hold (the 3. finger being the highest) so you might wanna fix that problem. still, great lesson!

  • Reply Rubenxfd February 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Get tour fingers in Amin chord. Now strum 5th, 4th, 2nd & 1st string. You got the beginning of Hurt by Johnny Cash 😀 

  • Reply Michael Cullen July 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    this guy's the real deal, best guitar teacher in the world

  • Reply tall32guy July 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Magical chord! Such a foreboding and "forlorn" sounding chord yet beautiful for the same reason, and the reason I find it enchanting. 🙂

  • Reply Vik555 August 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    i think the chord box diagram is wrong, but very good tutorials indeed.

  • Reply Biraj Dhungel October 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    now I can play Stairway to Heaven 😀 😀 😀

  • Reply Manuel Munoz December 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Yeah thank you man I really appreciate all your help you are by far the best teacher and you made things so easy to understand thanks again. Keep up the good work and I hope to see more videos

  • Reply UserName0043 January 6, 2015 at 6:12 am

    One of my favorite chords. Very sad sounding.

  • Reply Hussain Piplodwala February 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Best chord so soothing..:)

  • Reply Graham Tinnion May 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Chord box diagram in this video is wrong. I know what I should be doing for an Am. Im just letting you know. Great beginner's coarse so far. Thanks for your hard work Justin

  • Reply Just me September 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    The second I played this chord I had a huge case of deja vu, just couldn't put my finger on why, I could only think of the start to a certain Radiohead song.

    Fucking Karma Police it it turned out to be.

  • Reply Dirk Heeres March 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    how important is it for me to not strum the strings with an X in front of them? I find myself having the most trouble with strumming the right strings rather than having trouble with switching or doing the right fingers

  • Reply christian armistead March 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    just wanted to say thank you for these very helpful videos. I hope to make it all the way through, and you make it seem very possible to do!

  • Reply azodark May 21, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I'm playing a little bit but until today I can't play this chord perfectly! The forth and third strings always make a sound like mute, what should I do?

  • Reply Yunusd Dauda May 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

    justin is the best he's better than Martin and he has taught me more than anyone has.

  • Reply Gauge Decker June 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I have fun

  • Reply anti delirious July 9, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I'm still having problems with D

  • Reply anti delirious July 10, 2016 at 4:34 am

    still trying I'm getting a little bit better

  • Reply Joanna Harbison August 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

    arent the 2 and 3 the wrong way round on the diagram??

  • Reply Jessica Lefever November 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

    do you strum all the strings?

  • Reply Emmanuel PP December 21, 2016 at 2:05 am

    EZ, E was my bitch and this Am is like a twin sister, i fucked them both

  • Reply tgchan January 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Jesus~!!! That's a love from the first hear~!!! It sounds marvellous~!! Thank you, Justin.

  • Reply No Chill challenges January 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Thank u so much u are really helping me 😁

  • Reply Alin Sarrafi March 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Justin, what is difference between MA and A alone, etc….

  • Reply Gene M April 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm


  • Reply Debbie Librescu May 23, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    He is really good. If having swollen, sore fingers is any indication that the course is working I'm getting it.

  • Reply Deutschland, mein Vaterland December 11, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Bob Ross of guitar.

  • Reply anonomess1 December 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I love these tutorials but it drives me crazy that so many of the chord diagrams are wrong. It’s such a simple fix.

  • Reply adorbz fn January 21, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Isn't this chord the same as C chord?

  • Reply Emily Nicola March 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I don't get how he plays it he needs a shot on the body

  • Reply Stiles Brisson April 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm


  • Reply irrelevantasian May 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    who wanna practice fingering a minor with me?

  • Reply Jaden Rogers June 4, 2018 at 11:22 am

    All of the strings are buzzy, but they are nearly on the fret. Not exactly on it, but nearly.

  • Reply Adolf Hitler June 29, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Fuck man my fingers so hurt and its to diffeclt

  • Reply Ishaq Ali July 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This guy is sick but should really rename his channel to homeless man teaches guitar

  • Reply ________________ August 6, 2018 at 12:47 am

    my finger hurts and this iis the 4th chord. pain means progress i guess

  • Reply sok sreypich August 29, 2018 at 8:24 am

    i like the way u teach cuz it is easy to understand and follow ur stage.thanks

  • Reply 301250 August 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Justin, without a shadow of a doubt, you are simply the best guitar teacher for beginners! Thanks a million for your lessons here! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Gravityvine12 September 4, 2018 at 7:44 am

    I have a problem with second string(my middle finger touch 2nd string)

  • Reply Adriaan's tips September 17, 2018 at 8:41 am

    this guy is awesome

  • Reply jeff francois October 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    For the life of me I can’t get decent sound from the b string when playing this chord

  • Reply VoyagerEli October 26, 2018 at 12:37 am

    My a minor sounds bad
    (Maybe because I I have a smallish kiddish guitar and I'm missing a string)

  • Reply Adam Górnicz October 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Your fingers lay differently on fretboard than it's shown on the diagram 🙂 E chord diagram looks fine 😉

  • Reply mish__missy _armlink_BTS crazy army November 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    My guitar is not making the same sound…..what do I do….

  • Reply Atlas December 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Damn that’s a nice sounding chord tbh

  • Reply naylee finkle December 7, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    can’t wait to beat off to this

  • Reply kima lalthakima December 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I'm really greateful to u…Justin🙏🙏

  • Reply Sharp The Hybrid December 10, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I still get the flat dead sound even when i curl my fingers how hard are you post to press.

  • Reply SG Gaming December 22, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Tutorial starts at 0:47

  • Reply Cayla December 23, 2018 at 1:48 am

    i give up

  • Reply CYBERSTAR X December 29, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Hi guys I’m new in the guitar what is the thing called next to the guitar with the

  • Reply truth dog January 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    D fucking commercials

  • Reply Dilip Kumar S January 31, 2019 at 7:03 am

    ur videos are really helping me in my learning

  • Reply MELODIES & LYRICS March 14, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    It says it is for biginners but i am 10 but maaaannnn it huuuurrrrtttssssa

  • Reply Jαy Jαy March 19, 2019 at 10:36 am


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  • Reply Captain Charlie March 30, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Thanks for the video! I was super stuck on the b string. Wish me luck next time I try it lol

  • Reply Cecilie M April 3, 2019 at 7:39 am

    How fabulous! You are fantastic! 😃🎶🎹🎶

  • Reply RAMIZ MUHAMMAD April 16, 2019 at 6:30 am

    at 2:30 the picture and ur finger position is different. y?? it will make any changes?? I am a begginner.

  • Reply Keith Madding April 21, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Hi guys – the tab is different from the video 3 & 2 are switched??

  • Reply Mr. Chicken Hustler April 23, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Ok so question, how do I finger a minor without going to jail?

  • Reply Ryan Land May 27, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I’m learning guitar and I look at the date “spits out water all over my phone” 2009 OMG

  • Reply Sujeewa Dodamgoda June 17, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you dear.. nice teaching.god bless you

  • Reply technical brother June 29, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Bakwas bakwas

  • Reply XxxEmoKidxxX July 1, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    When I searched up how to finger a minor I didn’t expect this…..

  • Reply Daquan Gay Daddy Cousin July 14, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Norm MacDonald

  • Reply Benedikt Mengelberg October 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I like guitar. 😀

  • Reply Bayliss Ann October 15, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Thank you, Justin!

  • Reply Bengia Kakung October 16, 2019 at 4:03 am


  • Reply Douglas Almquist October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    This looks wrong to me. The image at 0:56 shows would looks like to me as the index finger (1) on string 2, the middle finger (2) on the string 4 and the ring finger (3) on the string 3. The line-dot diagram has the last two fingers reversed. People have been looking at this mistake for 10 years and it's still not fixed? Come on, this is for beginners!

  • Reply srinivasa teja November 1, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Did any one noticed that the notation and placing of the fingers are different ?

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