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Common Minor Chord Variations

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 160
Pages: 1 2 3

And now, how 'bout some common variations for the open D minor chord:
1. D minor
2. D sus2
3. D sus4
4. D min7
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.
Common Minor Chord Variations - Page 3