The A# minor chord is most known as Bb minor, but in some instances, it will appear as A#. Indie, rock, and blues are some of the genres that have a strong presence of this chord. We encourage you to check the different ways in which you could play this chord, since it’s a great addition to your repertoire of chords!
Let’s talk a bit about music theory first. Chords that go pretty well with the A# minor chord are B# diminished, C#+, D#m, E#, F#, and Gx# diminished (G#/G chord), which belong to the key of A# minor. If you would like to use different chords, you could try using the chords that belong to the keys of F minor, D# minor, C# major, F# major, G# major
Since the standard A# minor chord is a barre chord, it could be challenging for beginner guitar players, but know that with some practice, everyone can learn how to play this chord. Nevertheless, here we’ll give you different options that you can try while you’re still learning how to play the standard A# minor chord!
This chord shape that we have for you here is a simplified version of the standard A#m chord, but it will be helpful for you if you’d like to get as close to the sound of the standard version as possible. Moreover, it will help you train your fingers to play the standard version. Follow the next image to learn how to play it:
A# minor triads are the easiest shapes that you can try to play a proper A# minor chord. Exploring these different shapes along the fretboard of your guitar will make you a more versatile player because each of these chord shapes has a unique tone, even though they all play the same chord. Let’s check some of the triads that you can try right now on your guitar:
The standard A#m chord shape consists of a barre chord in which you play every string. This might sound overwhelming, but with some practice, you’ll be strumming this chord with no problem. We recommend you learn the previous shapes before trying this one.
Follow these tips on how to get your hand used to playing barre chords:
Follow the next image to learn how to play the standard A#m chord shape:
There’s another way in which you could play this as a barre chord. It’s on the same level as the standard shape but is equally useful. We recommend you learn the standard version first since you don’t have to worry about avoiding playing any strings. Here you’ll have to either mute or control your hand to avoid strumming the 6th string. Follow the next image to learn how to play this chord: