How to Play a Dm Chord on Guitar (D minor)
Today we’re going to learn how to play a Dm chord on guitar, and we’ll cover 4 Dm guitar chord variations! Be sure to subscribe to the channel! Let’s get started!
First up, we’re going to cover the B minor bar chord. If you want to learn how to play a Dm chord on guitar, this is the place to start! If you can’t play this quite yet – don’t worry. We’ll cover easier chords later. However, as a guitarist you’ll need to know how to play this chord!
To play the D minor bar chord, use your first finger to bar the top 5 strings on the fifth fret. Next, place your second finger on the B string on the sixth fret. Then, place your third finger on the D string on the seventh fret. Finally, place your fourth finger on the G string on the seventh fret. Now play the top five strings!
Next up, we have the open Dm guitar chord! Place your first finger on the first fret of the high e string. Next, place your second finger on the second fret of the B string. Finally, place your third finger on the third fret of the G string. Now play the top 4 strings!
Did you know that it only takes 3 notes to make a chord? To make a D minor, you only need to play a D, an F, and an A. These three notes create what is known as a “triad.” Our next chord is a D minor triad. It’s called the “first inversion” because the root note (D) is the highest-frequency note in the chord.
To play a D minor triad first inversion, use your first finger to bar the top three strings on the tenth fret. Now play the top three strings! You can also play the top four strings, playing the open D string with the rest of the chord. This isn’t a first inversion chord, but it’s still a D minor!
Up next is the D minor triad root inversion. It’s called the root inversion because the note that shares the name of the chord is played in the bass of the chord. In other words, D will be the lowest note in our chord. To play the D minor triad root inversion, place your fourth finger on the A string on the fifth fret. Next, place your second finger on the D string on the second fret. Finally, place your first finger on the G string on the second fret. Now play strings 3, 4, and 5 (the G, D, and A strings).
Do You Want to be a Better Guitarist?
I have a challenge for you. You know how to play a Dm chord on guitar now! Did you know that a D minor consists of three notes: D, F, and A? Here’s what I want you to do: Find every D, F, and A on your guitar that you can. Now, find at LEAST one more way to make a D minor chord that wasn’t covered in this blog post. There are something like 50+ ways to play this chord, so don’t give up! If you can successfully complete this challenge, I promise you’re well on your way to learning to play the guitar!
One last thing!
There are so many ways to play this chord on a guitar – I want to know which one YOU found! Let me know in the comments below which chords you were able to come up with on your own! Sharing with the community is the best way to fast-track your growth because we can all learn from each other!