G minor Guitar Chord for Beginners

G minor guitar chord

This is a rare chord, the G minor guitar chord is not one of those chords you will use everyday. Even though its a good one to have in your bag of tricks.

This is what you will learn in this free lesson 

  • How to play the Gm Guitar Chord
  • 5 ways to play the Gm chord
  • 2 Gm guitar easy chords
  • What notes are in the  Gm chord

G minor Chord Guitar Finger Position

You will usually see the G minor like this Gm. Here is the Gm guitar chord finger position.

G minor guitar chord
  • First place your 1st finger across the strings at the 3rd fret.
  • Next place your 3rd finger on the 5th string, at the 5th fret.
  • Then your pinkie goes on the 4th string, at the 5th fret.
  • All strings can be strummed.

This standard Gm guitar chord as you can see is a Barre chord. This is a difficult chord for beginners as your hands have not built up the strength to hold the barre, and let the strings all ring out when played. A Capo is a great tool for all guitarists this way the Capo acts as a barre where your finger was on the guitar.

When you use a Capo it allows you to play easier chord shapes to get the same sound as if you were using your finger and making a barre chord. Click the link to see the Latest Capos in the Gear Shop.

Since the Gm guitar chord is a little bit difficult, lets look at two easier Gm chords that are like a mini barre chord.

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Gm Guitar Easy Chords

This Gm easy chord can be played with the G on the 6th string at the 3rd fret or without it. If you were to play this voicing of the chord. You would use your first finger on the 6th string, at the 3rd fret. Then use your third finger to barre strings 1, 2, and 3. the 4th and 5th strings are open strings. Which means you strum all the strings, but you do not want to mute the open strings with your first finger.

Gm Guitar Easy Chord

Gm easy guitar chord finger position. (Mini Barre)

g minor guitar chord
  • Use your 1st finger across strings 1, 2 and 3, at the 3rd fret.
  • Start the strum at the 4th string.

Do not play the 6th or 5th string when strumming this Gm chord. Go slow and aim for the 4th string. Once you are able to play this chord with ease you could try this.

Here’s a tip with this easy guitar chord. You could use your thumb over the top of the guitar neck to mute the 6th and 5th string. Just lightly touch the strings with your thumb. This way if you accidentally hit one of those strings they won’t ring out.

If you find using your thumb to hard to do then  just aim for the 4th string.

The Second Gm Guitar Easy Chord

Another mini barre chord using two fingers. Notice that I have circled in red the chord notes that you will play. This is the same as the above Gm easy guitar chord, but with the use of an additional finger.

Gm guitar easy chord
  • Put your 1st finger on the first 3 strings, at the 3rd fret.
  • Then put your 3rd finger on the 4th string, at the 5th fret.
  • Start strum at 4th string.

G minor Guitar Chord Finger Position at the 10th fret

In this G minor guitar chord finger position the barre is only across 5 of the strings   which makes it a little easier.

G minor guitar chord
  • Place your first finger across the first 5 strings, at the 10th fret.
  • Next place your 2nd finger on the 2nd string, at the 11th fret.
  • Then place your 3rd finger on the 4th string, at the 12th fret.
  • Finally your pinkie goes on the 3rd string, at the 12th fret.
  • Start strum at the 5th string.

To learn where the root notes are so you will be able to find your way around the fretboard. Click this link to learn all the notes on the fretboard.

What Notes are in the G minor Guitar Chord?

Now that you know how to make some of the G minor guitar chords lets look at what notes make up the Gm chord. The pitches in the G minor scale are: G A Bb C D Eb and F. The key signature for the G minor chord is two flats.

Every chord has a relative Major. Which means the same notes are in the minor key and the Major key of the relative chords. The G minor chords relative Major chord is a Bb (B flat). They both carry the same notes.

G minor Chord Guitar Finger Position on the 5th fret 

This G minor chord guitar finger position is at the 5th fret. It looks a little difficult but really its not that bad. Let me show you where to place your fingers.

G minor guitar chord
  • To begin place your first finger on the fourth string, at the 5th fret.
  • Then place your 2nd finger on the 1st string,  at the 6th fret.
  • Your 3rd finger goes on the 3rd string at the 7th fret.
  • start strum at the 4th string.

Notice on this chord you do not want the B string (2nd string) to ring out. So you can use your second finger to nudge against the second string to deaden it. Also it might be easier to lay your first finger like a bar across the 4 strings. It won’t affect the other strings because you are playing the notes in front and deadening the second string. You really need to play on your finger tips on this one to get the job done.


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