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D Minor

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From your perspective:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a D Minor chord on the guitar

  1. Put your first finger on the first fret of the first string.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the third string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the second string.
  4. Strum only the highest four strings.

THEORY

D Minor is a minor triad, three notes stacked on top of one another. The root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth:

In addition to being the root of D Minor, it is also the vi chord of F Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard in this version of D Minor:

DADF

HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter Dm as the vi chord of F Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

F
C
Dm
Bb

In the key of D Minor itself, with a little respelling, those chords become the III, VII, i, and VI. You might see them arranged like so:

Dm
Bb
F
C

"Complicated," by Avril Lavigne, is a good example:

DmWhy do you have to go and make Bbthings so complicFated? C

Let’s get rid of those major chords, though. Moving from the diminished ii°, to the v, and back to the i:

Edim7
Am
Dm

You can also play the dimished chord as ‘half-diminished’ seventh—a little gentler:

Em7b5
Am
Dm

You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Dm
Gm
C

SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Dm in the key of F Major:

HOW TO PLAY
F Major
HOW TO PLAY
C Major

More important chords in the key of D Minor:

HOW TO PLAY
Bb Major
HOW TO PLAY
G Minor
HOW TO PLAY
A Minor
HOW TO PLAY
E Minor