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The Dm chord is built on the formula of Root (R), Minor 3rd (♭3), and Perfect 5th (5), based on the D minor scale, which includes the notes D, E, F, G, A, B♭, and C. The specific notes in the Dm chord are:

  • D (Root): This is the foundational note of the chord, establishing the primary pitch.
  • F (Minor 3rd): Located three semitones above the Root, this note provides the minor characteristic of the chord, contributing a poignant and introspective quality.
  • A (Perfect 5th): Seven semitones above the Root, this note adds stability and reinforces the chord’s harmonic structure.

Fingering Technique:

Correct finger positioning is crucial for the Dm chord to ensure that all strings are clear and distinct. Here’s how to position your fingers:

  1. First Finger (Index): Place it on the first fret of the high E string, fretting the F note, which is the Minor 3rd of the chord.
  2. Second Finger (Middle): Position it on the second fret of the G string, fretting the A note, the Perfect 5th.
  3. Third Finger (Ring): Place it on the third fret of the B string, fretting the D note, which reinforces the Root.


When playing the Dm chord, strum from the D string downwards, avoiding the low E and A strings. This method focuses the listener on the mid to high range of the guitar, enhancing the clarity and crispness of the chord’s melancholic tone. Strumming from the D string ensures that the root note (D) is the lowest tone heard, maintaining the integrity and emotional impact of the chord.

This lesson is from the Technical Certificate: Level 1 course at Simply Guitar

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