A Sharp Minor Chord For Beginners

Looking to learn the A sharp minor chord? Then look no further, we’re going to show you play this cool chord.

A sharp minor chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 3 quick and easy ways to play the A sharp minor chord.
  • 2 top tips to help you learn guitar chords quickly.
  • The no1 secret that will accelerate your guitar progress.

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What is the A Sharp Minor Chord?

The A sharp minor chord is a:

  • Minor chord in the key of A sharp.

Guitar chords fall into two categories:

  • Major Chords.
  • Minor Chords.

For every major and minor chord there are 12 keys.

In today’s lesson we’re going to be focusing on 1 chord type and 1 key. We’re going to learn the A sharp minor chord.

Let’s learn the two most common ways to play a A sharp minor chord.

Fun Fact!

A sharp can also be written like this ‘A#’. In music whenever you see a ‘#’ pronounce it ‘sharp’.

The A sharp minor chord can be written in three ways, like this:

  • A Sharp Minor Chord.

Or like this:

  • A# Minor Chord.

Or:

  • A#m

The little ‘m’ stands for minor.

A# Minor Chord (Em Barre Shape)

In the guitar world we often refer to this barre chord as the ‘Em shape’ because it is based on an E minor chord.

Learn to play an Em chord here: How To Play The Em Guitar Chord

 

A Sharp Minor Chord

To play this chord:

  • Find the 6th fret. Barre your first finger across here.
  • Find the 8th fret on the A string. (5th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 8th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.

Barre chords are tricky, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away. To learn how to play barre chords, watch this video:

A Sharp Minor Chord (Am Shape)

We refer to this chord as the ‘Am shape’ because it is based on the Am chord shape.

Learn how to play an Am chord here: Am Guitar Chord For Beginners

barre chord B flat minor

To play this chord:

  • Place your first finger on the first fret and barre from the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Find the 3rd fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 3rd fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.

Easy Versions Of The A Sharp Minor Chord

We’re going to learn 3 easy ways to play the A sharp minor chord. Let’s get started.

1) A# minor (Easy 3 String Version)

This guitar chord is great for beginners as it only uses 3 fingers.

A sharp minor chord

  • Find the 3rd fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 1st fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.
  • Strum from the G string.

To play this chord, you must be able to skip strings whilst strumming. To learn how to do this, go here: How To Skip Strings While Strumming

2) A#m/F

This A sharp minor chord is very similar to a standard Am chord. If you already know an Am chord, shift it up to the 3rd fret.

A sharp minor chord

  • Find the 3rd fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 3rd fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.

3) A#m/F (Advanced Beginner Chord)

This shape breaches the gap between easy chords and barre chords. It’s the perfect chord to learn if you’re struggling with barre chords.

A sharp minor chord

  • Find the 3rd fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 3rd fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 1st fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.

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How do I learn chords quickly?

The easiest way to learn chords quickly is to learn easy chords first. Hard chords stop you from progressing when you’re a beginner.

When you learn easy chords first, you are developing your technique. So when it comes to learning more advanced chords, it WILL be easier.

To learn easy guitar chords, go here: 14 Easy Beginner Guitar Chords

What’s the best way to remember chords?

Here’s the secret to remembering chords quickly:

Once you’ve learned a chord correctly, clench your fist five times.

This is THE best way to remember chords. However, it’s important that the chord is correct.

If the chord is wrong and you squeeze your hand, you will remember the guitar chord incorrectly.

Here are a few final tips which will help you remember guitar chords.

  • Keep your fingers in the correct place.
  • Make sure your chord has lots of clarity.
  • Make sure it sounds amazing!

If you follow each of these points, you be well on your way to becoming a chord master.

A sharp minor chord

What other chords should I know?

If you’re a beginner you should learn as many chords as you can.

Here are our best lessons on 7 essential beginner chords.

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Do I need to know guitar chords?

Yes. Chords from 99% of ALL guitar music. Without them you won’t be able to play any music.

Learning chords boosts your musicality, phrasing and overall knowledge of the guitar.

Learning to play songs is awesome. Check out these lessons on how to learn guitar songs:

A sharp minor chord

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