The A minor chord, like many minor chords, has a melancholy and dramatic sound. Although it has an almost identical finger placement as the E Major chord, only the bottom five strings are strummed.
Time: This lesson will take about 5 minutes but additional practice will be required.
Materials A guitar
The finger placement for an A minor chord is identical to the E Major chord except each finger is one string lower on the guitar. This means that your index finger is on the second fret of the B string, your middle finger is on the third fret of the D string and your ring finger is just below the middle finger, on the third fret of the G string. When strumming the A minor chord, all the strings are strummed except the low E string.
A minor chord formation
Counting Crows loved using A minor, particularly in their earlier songs. Here is a live version of Mr. Jones where you can see the chord changes.
A minor is also a great chord to incorporate into picking pieces like this masterpiece by British alt-rocker, Radiohead.