Guitar Chords For Beginners – D Minor

D minor chords are one of the first types of guitar chords most beginners learn, usually consisting of three notes that are often doubled together.

On a chord diagram, circles (or other shapes) represent each string and fret while Xs represent strings/notes that should not be played; generally speaking, when playing these chords you should leave unplayed the low E string.


D minor is an easy open string chord to learn for beginners, since no barring across frets is needed – meaning it can be picked up quickly. If you wish to incorporate bar variations of this chord then practice is key until it becomes second nature.

Triad chords consist of both major and minor intervals; major triads consist of three major intervals while minor chords have only two minor intervals. Intermediate guitarists progress onto seventh chords which combine three intervals into one chord.

This table is an invaluable resource for guitarists of any level – beginner or experienced alike. It shows where each chord fits within the scale, as well as which other chords you can combine it with to form new sounds. This information can also come in handy when trying to compose music as it helps determine which combinations sound good together while providing tips on forming them properly.


D minor chords can be difficult for beginners to play due to containing both an open D string and its higher counterpart on the second (B) string. To circumvent this problem, an alternative D voicing that leaves finger 2 free can help. Though it won’t sound quite as nice, but will get the job done until you master playing standard D minor chords.

This voicing is very similar to an Am chord and can be easily learned by comparing it with the D major shape you may already recognize. Furthermore, this technique helps reinforce memory for the D minor shape as you can compare it against an am chord that contains all of its notes.

This D minor chord features an emotional sound that adds a melancholy atmosphere to songs, particularly when used to create moody or melancholic atmospheres in folk songs or to convey feelings of sadness and anticipation – for instance in Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ 1960s hit “(Love Is Like) Heat Wave”.


If you play more than one note at once on the guitar, you are creating intervals. Intervals refer to any distance (or gap) between nonconsecutive scale notes either up or down in pitch; perfect intervals sound pleasantly harmonious while augmented or diminished ones can sound dissonant and harsh.

Realizing this will allow you to craft more advanced chords and produce beautiful sounding progressions, as well as use it when improvising to add unique melodic textures into your solos.

Understanding chord extensions – including tones 9, 11, 13 etc – which are known as addons is crucial for music theory. Furthermore, knowing some chords have similar counterparts (known as chord equivalents ) will save time while simultaneously building an entire chord family on your fretboard and help you play like an experienced pro!


D minor is composed of just three notes, but can take many forms. For instance, this diagram illustrates a Dm barre chord in tenth position – quite high up on the fretboard! You may find it easier to choose one of the other Dm shapes here instead if playing on an acoustic guitar; note the “X” above low E string; this indicates it should not be strung as this will create an unpleasant sound!

Most Dm chords feature at least one note doubled in a higher octave for added strength and power, especially when played using an open fifth string, such as on songs from The Weeknd like “In the Night”.