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5 different ways to play a minor chord using the CAGED Method

The CAGED Method is a tried and tested system that allows guitarists to play chords, scales and arpeggios in different positions on the fretboard. It is very normal as a guitarist to spend most of your time playing in the open position especially in the first few years of picking up the instrument.

However to really progress on the guitar there comes a point when you need to push your playing to the next level and break out of your comfort zone by exploring the rest of the neck.

What better place to start than learning some minor chords in each area of the neck?

G minor - E Shape

First up let’s look at the E Shape, this is one of the first minor barre chords most guitarists learn.


G minor - D Shape

Next up the D Shape, this resembles the D minor open chord you may have played before, however we are playing it in the key of G minor.


G minor - C Shape

Now we have the C shape, a little trickier to get under your fingers but if you persist you can get it just as good as any other.


G minor - A Shape

Then we get the A shape, this is another very popular barre chord you see in lots of songs, usually in the key of B minor. Check it out in the key of G minor.


G minor - G Shape

Finally we get the G shape. It may be difficult to play all the notes suggested in the chord box below, so you may decide to play some of the notes instead of the whole chord entirely. Check out the video to see what I mean (this same idea can be applied to any chord).



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