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Mandolin Lessons: Finding Minor Chords

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
it's time to start talking about minor
chords.
I'm going to now show you the G, the C,
and the D, and
I'm going to show you how to transform
those into minor chords.
Right now, they're major chords.
A minor chord has a flat third in it.
Without getting deep into the theory of
what all that means,
simply bring your first finger back, one
fret.
From the B note, to a B-flat note.
From the second fret to the first fret and
you've got yourself a beautiful G minor
chord.
[MUSIC]
It's that spooky sound.
[MUSIC]
Now,
you do the same thing with the C chord.
[MUSIC]
You've got this two finger C.
If you simply bring the first finger back
one fret to the first fret,
you've got a C chord.
Now, the thing with this is you can't let
the E string ring open.
I would play this just the bottom three
strings when you play this C Minor.
Don't even play the top string, unless you
can bar the third fret.
If you can find a way to bar that, then
it's okay, but
otherwise, just mute that top string.
The way I mute is I bring the, when I'm
playing the third fret second string,
I'm kinda letting the fleshy part of,
of my second finger just graze the edge of
that E string so that.
[MUSIC]
So that it doesn't sound,
it doesn't make a sound.
So I can strum freely with my right hand
and not worry about it.
[MUSIC]
So that's a C minor,
here's a G minor, right?
[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna go to this D chord, how so
we turn this into a minor?
[SOUND] I'm gonna take this top note and
move it back a fret.
[SOUND] Well, it means we have to switch
our finger position.
So now, our first finger goes on the F
note, and
our second finger replaces the low string
up here.
So from a major, you're in this kind of
position to a minor,
you're on, you go to this.
With the F natural on the first fret,
first string and
the A on the fourth string.
The middle two strings are open.
[MUSIC]
So that's making those chords into minor.
Okay, the next minor chord we're going to
learn is the A minor.
And that's a really sweet one chord.
[MUSIC]
So, you got,
you have your A that I showed you already,
the bar A.
[MUSIC]
On second fret, the low two strings,
fourth fret on the A string, and fifth
fret on the top string.
We're simply gonna move that second string
back one fret, so
that it's on the third, third fret on the
second string.
So that's your A minor.
And here's Blowing in the Wind, which uses
the A minor, beautiful, old folk song.
It uses it on the chorus.
[MUSIC]
And we're also going to use the F chord in
this song, which we showed you just
recently.
That big F chord.
Five, three, oh, and one.
So here goes a little Blowin' in the Wind
at 60.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
C.
F.
C.
[MUSIC]
Here comes the A minor.
[MUSIC]
F, G, C,
let's do it all again.
[MUSIC]
F.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
C.
F.
G.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
F.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
F, G.
[MUSIC]
F, G.
[MUSIC]
C.
A minor,
F, G, C.
Good luck with that.
[MUSIC]