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Let's learn how to play an A minor chord using all six strings.

Locate the D string, place your middle finger in the 2nd fret. Locate the G string, place your ring finger in the 2nd fret. Locate the B string, place your index finger in the 1st fret.

Strum all six strings with your pick.

Check that the fretting fingers aren't muting any of the surrounding strings. The most common problem with this chord is that the high E string sounds poorly. If that's the case for you, it's probably your index finger that's accidentally resting on it. So try to move your thumb on the back of the neck, down towards to the floor a little bit, so your fingertips get a better angle.

Also check your A-string to make sure it's not muted by your middle finger. If that's the case it's probably because you need to get fret with the part of your fingertip that's closer to your finger nail.

This is the first time we've had three fingers on the fretboard at a time, so don't worry if it's taking a while to get comfortable with it, and if it's hard remember to take breaks. Your fingers will get tired as you keep on trying, so it's diminishing returns after a while.

Finally don't stress too much about getting this chord perfect if it's tricky right now. There'll be plenty of opportunities to perfect later.

For our example I'll count to 4 and then we'll strum this chord 8 times before we strum it and let it ring. If you feel inclined to experiment with the rhythm or playing the notes one a time, it's more than okay.

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