Beginner guitar: how to play minor chords

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Beginner guitar: For many guitarists, music theory is often considered a bit of a grind. TG’s opinion on this thorny subject?  We would argue that theory can help you become a much better player. Understand a few essential basics and you’ll fuel your creative fire in new ways. All of which brings us on to the subject of this lesson.

As guitarists, we all play minor chords every time we pick up the instrument – they definitely count as essential basics! The thing is, those chords can be played in countless different ways. For instance, they can be broken down into arpeggios where you play the notes one at a time.

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