The G sharp minor chord is most often played as a root 6 bar chord, starting on the 4th fret. The chord itself contains the note B as the flat 3rd, which can be played on the open 2nd string. Therefore, G#m can technically be played as an open chord (see first shape in image below). However, the G#m chord is more commonly played as a bar chord. 

G#m is the relative minor of B Major and is also found in the key of E Major. As those two keys are relatively popular, G#m is a somewhat common chord itself.

Some Quick G#m Chord Theory

  • The G sharp minor chord contains the notes G#, B and D#.
  • The G# minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the G# Major scale.
  • The G# 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).
  • G# minor is the relative minor of B Major.
  • G#m is the first chord in the key of G sharp minor. The seven chords in the key of G sharp minor are: G#m, A# diminished, B+, C#m, D#, E, Ax diminished

10 Ways To Play The G# Minor Chord

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

G# Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

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