Basic Guitar Chords: Three Minor Chords

The name makes them sound inferior, but minor chords are just as important as their major counterparts. In fact, they help round out your repertoire, giving you the ability to play more songs.

The major and minor chords differ in more than finger arrangement: While major chords ­produce a more cheerful sound, minor chords are the somber, brooding Beethovens of music. In this video, you'll try your hand at three of the minor chords: E minor, D minor and A minor (which isn't radically different from A major). Once you've mastered these final chords, proceed to the last video of the series to learn how to turn them into songs.