You may not come across the G minor chord often in songs but it’s well worth learning for its uneasy and emotional sound – a great way to add a unique flair to your music. Read on to find out how to play this uncommon chord, which is also written as Gm.

Playing the G Minor Chord

Your first finger will bar the 3rd fret. Start by placing the tip of your finger on the 6th string and lower it to also press down on the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st strings too.

No need for your 2nd finger in this chord. Place your 3rd finger on the 5th string of the 5th fret and your 4th finger right below it – on the 4th string of the 5th fret.

Now you’re ready to strum all 6 strings to play that beautiful G minor chord. Enjoy!

Here’s a diagram to show you what Gm looks like:

G minor chord

How to Build Your Muscle Memory

Memorizing the Gm chord will be the quickest way to play it when you need to in a song. It just takes practice to teach your fingers the shape to make. One way to make it more fun and easy to remember this and 25 other essential chords is to download and print our free guitar chord flashcards.

Tips for Great Sounding Chords

Are your strings buzzing or muffled? Proper technique can help you solve many problems you may be having playing chords like G minor:

  • Sit up straight in your chair and make sure your arms have room to move freely
  • Use the very tips of your fingers to press down the strings
  • Press down as close to the fret (metal bar) as you can
  • Place your thumb about halfway down the neck for support

For more tips, see how to make your guitar chords easy to play. Also, learn more about guitar chords for beginners including how to take the chords you just learned and move them around the fretboard for new and exciting sounds.