The G minor chord is a very popular chord on the guitar. The chord actually contains two notes that can be played on open strings (G and D), which means that you can technically play the Gm chord as an open chord (see the first shape in the image below). However, the open version of Gm is somewhat awkward, and almost never used. Instead, Playing Gm as a bar chord on the 3rd fret, is a much more common way of playing the chord. 

Gm is the relative minor of B flat Major, which is a common key, especially in certain styles, such as Jazz.

Some Quick Gm Chord Theory

  • The G minor chord contains the notes G, Bb 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 Bb Major.
  • G minor is the first chord in the key of G minor. The seven chords in the key of G minor are: Gm, A diminished, Bb+, Cm, D, Eb, F# diminished

10 Ways To Play The G Minor Chord

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

G Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

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