D Sharp Minor Chord For Beginners

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

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.

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.


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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!)

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

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.)
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