D Sharp Minor Chord For Beginners

Want to learn how to play the D sharp minor chord? Then you’re in the right place!

D sharp minor chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 4 quick and easy ways to play the D sharp minor chord.
  • The secret to perfecting barre chords.
  • 3 tips and tracks that will boost your chord success.

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How do I play a D sharp minor chord?

The two most common ways to play a D sharp minor chord are:

  • The D sharp minor chord. (Em Barre Shape.)
  • The D sharp minor chord. (Am Barre Shape.)

Let’s take a quick look at these two essential chord shapes.

To play these chords, you must know how to barre chords. To do this, watch this video:

D Sharp Minor Chord (Em Barre Shape)

The first D sharp minor chord we’re going to learn starts on the 11th fret of the low E string.

We refer to this as the ‘Em barre shape’ because the core part of this chord is based on an Em.

Don’t know an Em chord? Go here: Easy Ways To Play An Em Chord

D Sharp Minor Guitar Chord

  • Barre your first finger across the 11th fret.
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 13th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 13th fret of the D string. (4th string.)

Barre chords are difficult, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away.

D Sharp Minor Chord (Am Barre Shape)

We refer to this D sharp minor chord as the ‘Am barre shape’ as it is based on an Am chord.

Here’s an Am chord:

Am Guitar Chord

Here’s a D sharp minor chord (Am barre shape):

D sharp guitar chord

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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Can you see how the both chords share the EXACT same chord shape.

To play this chord:

  • Barre your first finger from the 6th fret of the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 7th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)

Now we’ve learned how to play both of these D sharp minor chord shapes, let’s take a look at some super-easy ways to play this chord.

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Easy Shape #1

This D sharp minor chord is the ULTIMATE stepping stone chord. It’s easy to play, sounds great and saves you the hassle of learning difficult barre chords.

D Sharp Minor Chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 4th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)

Easy Shape #2

This shape is perfect for new guitarists as it only uses two fingers. This chord doesn’t sound huge, but is great for developing dexterity and technique.

D_Sharp_Minor Chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum the B and E strings together.

Easy Shape #3

This D sharp minor chord is fantastic for beginners, here’s why:

  • It uses your first 3 fingers.
  • It’s perfect for practicing string skipping technique.
  • Learning this chord will improve your guitar chord skills.

Ebm Chord

To learn how to read guitar chords in more detail go here: How To Read Guitar Chords: An Essential Guide

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 7th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum the G, B and E strings together.

Easy Shape #4

This final chord breaches the gap between open chords and barre chords. If you found the other versions of this chord too easy, this voicing may be perfect.

D_Sharp_Minor_Chord_

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 7th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum the G, B and E strings together.

Why should I learn easy chords?

Learning easy chords first develops your dexterity and finger technique.

Think of it like this, imagine you are training for a marathon.

When you start, you begin by running 2-3 miles. As your progress continues, you gradually increase the distance until you reach your goal.

You can apply the exact same concept to guitar chords.

The easiest possible to way to learn guitar chords is to learn the easy ones first. Then when you’re ready, you can ‘graduate’ to more advanced chords.

If you start with harder chords, this will be detrimental to your guitar progress.

To learn guitar chords go here:

3 Quick & Easy Tips For Perfect Guitar Chords

Learning guitar chords can be difficult. To help you, we’ve created 3 quick and easy tip which will help you play the perfect guitar chord.

Tip #1 Feel Free To Move Your Thumb

Don’t feel like your thumb has to stick in one place.

As a starting point, your thumb should look like this:

Don’t feel like your thumb has to stay in this position. Let it pivot around the neck.

Tip #2 Use The Tips of Your Fingers When Fretting Chords

Using the tips of your fingers enhances the clarity of your chords.

Make sure that you use the very tips of your fingers. Try and get the string as close to your finger nail as possible without it hurting.

Tip #3 Make Sure Your Fingers Stand Up Tall On The Fret Board

When fretting chords, make sure that your fingers are as straight as possible.

There should be a large gap between the back of your fingers and the fret board of the guitar.

Here’s what it should look like:

How to read a guitar chordbox

To learn more about perfect chord technique, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’s Guide

 

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