A Minor (Am) chords on guitar

A m position 1 guitar chord diagram

The intervals in the A Minor chord are Root, Minor Third, and Perfect Fifth

Some books show this chord as:

  • A Minor
  • A Min
  • A Minor Triad
  • Am

The A Minor chord is composed of the notes A, C, and E

You can also learn how to play chord inversions.

A m chord Notes:


Tones of the Minor chord:


Guitar Patterns for the Am chord

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Position 1

A m position 9 guitar chord diagram

Position 2

A m position 7 guitar chord diagram

Position 3

A m position 19 guitar chord diagram

Position 4

A m position 11 guitar chord diagram

Position 5

A m position 20 guitar chord diagram

Position 6

A m position 13 guitar chord diagram

Position 7

A m position 15 guitar chord diagram

Position 8

A m position 16 guitar chord diagram

Position 9

A m position 1 guitar chord diagram

Position 10

A m position 14 guitar chord diagram

Position 11

A m position 3 guitar chord diagram

Position 12

A m position 5 guitar chord diagram

Position 13

A m position 10 guitar chord diagram

Position 14

A m position 12 guitar chord diagram

Position 15

A m position 18 guitar chord diagram

Position 16

A m position 6 guitar chord diagram

Position 17

A m position 17 guitar chord diagram

Position 18

A m position 4 guitar chord diagram

Position 19

A m position 8 guitar chord diagram

Position 20

A m position 2 guitar chord diagram

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The A Minor Guitar Chords | Keys and Songs

The A minor chord is one first chord you should learn. It pairs well with the C major chord, for two reasons: they are both parts of the key of C major, one of the most used key, and you can switch from one chord to the other by just moving the ring finger from the 3rd fret of the A string (C major) to the 2nd fret of the G string (A minor), back and forth.

As you can see in the following table, the A minor chord is the Submediant chord of the key of C, which is located at the 6th degree of the scale:

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
C C Dm Em F G Am B dim

The key of A minor is relative to C major, so it has the same chords but in different order:

Key i ii III iv v VI VII
A Am B dim C Dm Em F G

A Minor Chord Progression

The A minor chord is present in the Axis of Awesome progression: C G Am F, probably the most used and over-abused chord sequence in the history of western world.

Also the Doo Wop progression (C Am F G) show an A minor chord.

There are many other progressions that use the A minor chord, check my ebook 52 Chord Progressions | Learn How To Connect Chords and Create Great Songs for a complete reference.

Other Keys That Contains The A Minor Chord

The A minor chord is present in many other keys, here below you find the most used keys:

G Major Key

Here the A minor chord is the Supertonic, because is located on the 2nd degree

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
G G Am Bm C D Em F# dim

F Major Key

Here the A minor chord works as Mediant

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
F F Gm Am Bb C Dm E dim

E Minor Key

In the E minor key, the A minor chord works as Subdominant.

Key i ii III iv v VI VII
E Em F# dim G Am Bm C D

D Minor Key

In D minor Key, the A Minor Key has the role of dominant, notice how it well resolves to the root (D)

Key i ii III iv v VI VII
D Dm E dim F Gm Am Bb C

Songs with the A minor chord

On guitar, probably it is impossible to find a song that does not have an A minor chord somewhere.

Here's a quick list of songs that begins with an A minor chord:

  • Stairway to Heaven
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Californication
  • The Unforgiven
  • Losing my Religion
  • Still got the Blues
  • Breaking the Law
  • Angie

This easy guitar songs list will show you more tunes.

Ok, be sure to master this chord really well because you'll encounter it many times in your guitar life. To learn anything you need about guitar chords, check my Chords Domination | Play Any Chord You Want Across All The Fretboard.