How to Play D Minor Chord: One of the Most Popular Chords

Due to its relatively melancholic and sad sound, the D minor chord has been very popular in genres such as blues, rock, country, and many more! It has been used for many rock ballad songs, and you can start using it too for your compositions! This chord is very simple, and it’s one of the first chords every guitarist learns.

The Dm chord can be mixed with other chords such as E diminished, F+, Gm, A, Bb, and C# diminished, which belong to the D minor scale! By learning this chord, you’ll be unlocking many doors due to the uniqueness of its sound. Plus, you’ll be able to play some of the best rock ballads ever made.

Without further ado, let’s explore some of the different ways in which you can play this wonderful and mysterious chord!

Standard D Minor Chord Shape

This is a fairly easy chord to learn. You’ll only need to use three fingers, and you’ll place them on the first three frets. You’ll also like to avoid playing (mute if possible) the last two strings on your guitar. This way, we’ll be able to play a good-sounding Dm chord. Follow the next image to learn how to play this chord:

D Minor Chord

D Minor Triad Chord Shapes

By looking for the Dm triads all along the fretboard, we can find some interesting alternatives to the standard Dm chord shapes. Each of these chords has a unique tone, and they’re great additions to your chord repertoire. Learning these chord shapes can help you become a more versatile guitar player. Let’s explore some of the Dm chord triads:

D Minor Chord D Minor Chord D Minor Chord D Minor Chord D Minor Chord D Minor Chord

D Minor Barre Chord Shapes

If you feel that you need a bigger challenge, then we would recommend you learn how to play the D minor barre chords! They’re an amazing addition to your collection of chords and will help you become a better guitar player. These chords aren’t easy, so we recommend you learn the previous chords.

Barre chords are a bit challenging, but any beginner can learn how to play them. To get a good sound out of this type of chord, you’ll need to press with the side of your index finger the series of strings over the right fret! Practice them as much as you can. This is the only way in which you can play this type of chord correctly. Follow the next images to learn how to play the Dm barre chord shapes:

D Minor Chord D Minor Chord


  • D Minor Chord

    My "day job" used to be teaching but I decided to give that up to play music full time. I have gigged all over the world playing in bands or as a solo act since then. I still have a passion for teaching others anything related to music. Writing content for gives me an opportunity to combine my love of music and education.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Quick Links To Our Best Content
Affiliate Disclosure
We unbiasedly and independently review products on our website. We are funded by affiliate links. We may earn if you make a purchase through our links. As an Amazon affiliate we may earn from qualifying purchases
Contact details
(use contact form first please)
Email: info () 
Address: 308 Circus Drive
Icksberg  PA 17037, USA
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Phone: +1(717) 220-9204