The A minor chord is one of the most common and popular chords on the guitar. The open Am chord is one of the first chords that most guitarists learn, and it has been used in countless songs across many genres.

The open A minor chord and the open E minor chord are easily the two most common minor chords on the guitar.

Some Quick Am Chord Theory

  • The A minor chord contains the notes A, C and E.
  • The A minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the A Major scale.
  • The A minor chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • A minor is the relative minor of C Major.
  • A minor is the first chord in the key of A minor. The seven chords in the key of A minor are: Am, B diminished, C+, Dm, E, F, G# diminished

10 Ways To Play The A Minor Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Am, here they are.

A Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

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