How to Play C Minor on the Guitar (Free Video Lesson)

When I was first learning songs on the guitar, C Minor gave me some major trouble as I was definitely not comfortable with barre chords. In fact, it took me a number of years to really feel decent with barring on the guitar and unlocking the power the fretboard.

If this sounds like you too, have no fear my fellow guitarist! Below is a way to play a C Minor chord, but without having to use the full barre version. Try it out with the below video and see if you can play it using only your index, middle, ring and pinky fingers.

Note: This is technically not a partial barre since you are not using a finger across two or more strings, but this overall shape is contained within a full C Minor barre chord.

Once you're comfortable with this version, you can later progress to a full barre version of the chord. 

Finger position for this easier version of C Minor:

Place Your Left Index Finger on the 1st String, 3rd Fret
Place Your Left Middle Finger on the 2nd String, 4th Fret
Place Your Left Ring Finger on the 4th String, 5th Fret
Place Your Left Pinky Finger on the 3rd String, 5th Fret
Strings 6 and 5 are not used in this C Minor Chord

Guitar chords that go well for C Minor (mix and match in any way you like!):

Bb, D Minor, Eb, F Major, G Minor, Adim

How do you play a C Minor chord? Are there any fun songs you like to play that use this chord? Please share your comments with our readers!

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