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G Minor

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From your perspective:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a G Minor chord on the guitar

  1. Put your first finger on the first fret of the fifth string.
  2. Put your second finger on the third fret of the sixth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the second string.
  4. Put your fourth finger on the third fret of the first string.
  5. Play all six strings.

THEORY

G 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 G Minor, it is also the vi chord of Bb Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

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

GBbDGDG

HOW IT’S USED

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

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

Gm
Eb
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Bb
F

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

Adim7
Dm
Gm

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

Am7b5
Dm
Gm

You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Gm
Cm
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F

SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Gm in the key of Bb Major:

HOW TO PLAY
Bb Major
HOW TO PLAY
F Major

More important chords in the key of G Minor:

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HOW TO PLAY
Eb Major
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HOW TO PLAY
C Minor
HOW TO PLAY
D Minor
HOW TO PLAY
A Minor