And now, how 'bout some common variations for the open D minor chord:
So what's going on here?
- Chord 1 - Your basic D minor chord
- Chord 2 - We drop the 1st finger, letting the open 1st string (E) ring. By doing this, we create what's known as a Sus2 chord. This chord is actually neither major or minor, but this ambiguity allows us to use it in conjunction with a minor chord.
- Chord 3 - We add the pinky to the 3rd fret, 1st string (G). By doing this, we create what's known as a Sus4 chord. Again, this chord is neither major or minor, allowing us to use it in conjunction with a minor chord.
- Chord 4 - We barre the 1st and 2nd strings at the 1st fret. By doing this, we create a D minor 7 chord. This is perhaps the most common voicing for this chord using open strings.
Again, I think that not all of them can be used as a straight substitute for a D minor chord. But they work well when you hit your open D minor chord, and play these variations after establishing the general "D minor" sound.
Listen to the example below to hear how each of these sound in context.