For guitar lessons, The A minor chord is a very common chord used in thousands and thousands of pop songs  Popular songs that include it are lots of 12 bar blues progressions and lots of songs by The Animals such as “House of the Rising Sun,” “Rollin’ in the Deep” by Adele  as well as “Put Your Lights On” by Santana. Know this chord ! It is very common and one of the first taught in guitar lessons with Jimmy cypher

It is composed of the root note A, the minor 3rd C, the perfect fifth E, (A-C-E).   Its chord formula is 1-b3-5 . As with most of the chords in the beginner section there are many different “voicings” of the chord whereby the order of the notes played will change, the notes that are doubled, the notes that are omitted or where they are played on the guitar fretboard and what register. However the open form showed here is Aminor chord to know first which is what guitar teachers focus on. Songwriters, rhythm guitar players, lead guitar players will all need to know this chord as as such, it is taught in guitar lessons the very first week.

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Artists who use the A minor chord: Steve Stevens, Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, jane’s Addiction, Foo Fighters, Queen, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Rush, Dream Theater, Fleetwood Mac, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Oasis, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, emerson, Lake and Palmer, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC, Lynard Skynard, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Bob dylan, Kasy Musgraves, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pantera, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Susan Tedeschi, Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Fogerty, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Santana, Joe Satriani, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, Supertramp, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Neil Young, James Taylor.

This chord list is by no means complete but gives students the most bang for the buck for a very small amount of information. Jimmy cypher is often asked by students in guitar lessons if ALL of these chords are necessary since some are not easy to play on the first day. The answer is YES 🙂 Most chord encyclopedias list over 1000 chords in mostly random order, irrespective of importance. Jimmy has pared it down to less than 50, and every one of them will eventually appear in student’s favorite songs that they bring into guitar lessons.

A minor CHORD: DeCyphered.



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