Key of D Minor

This last video of the beginner section. Beginner Progressions/Beginner Section Proper.  They’re sort of an intermediate stage between beginner and intermediate. They’re sort of beginner-intermediate intermediate  stage. But this is the last of the stone cold beginner section and this is the key of D minor and we can translate this over to the key of the key of, the key of D minor is…  to figure out what the relative minor is, or at least the thing that’s in the sixth position, we need to know how far away the one is from that position. So, if D minor, the key of D minor is the sixth position, then if we go a whole step up, we’re at E and if we go another whole step up one we’re at F, so F major is the relative key for D minor and D minor is the relative key for F major.

If that doesn’t make sense, please watch our music theory video and as that will clarify that for you. Ok so, the key of D minor. Let’s just talk about the notes in the key of D minor. We’ve got a whole step from D to E and then a half step to F and then two whole steps. So, we’ve got G, then A and then a half step to B flat and then after that we’ve got C, then we’ve got, we’re back to where we started again, D, at the beginning.

So, we’re just going to use the one, the four, and the five. The first note was D, the forth note was A and the fifth note is G minor and so let’s go over these chords real quick. The first chord is D minor, down here, it looks like this. (playing) You already know this chord from past lessons. You should, if you don’t just go back and watch the previous lessons.

I’m going to introduce the A7. This is kind of a new type of A7. You want to put your finger on top here, on the third fret on the third string here and then you’re going to barre this. You’re going to barre the first four strings with your index finger and your middle is going to sit out. You can use your middle to do this, but I recommend using your ring. (playing) So, this is a different A7 than the one you’re used to. You’re used to the one that was back here (hand gesture) so, here’s the new one. And then we’ve got G minor which is just back here (hand gesture) this, and the string that’s underneath my index finger, the fifth string, is muted out by the fleshy part of this finger underneath. So, you just rake right over that muted string. (playing) Of course you’re going to hear a little (scrape guitar sound) but that’s going to be, it’s going to be drown out by the rest of the notes. (playing) Especially if you go fast. You can’t really hear it.

Ok, let’s go ahead and get started with the progression. You want to keep your index finger as flat as possible when you’re barring this new A7. So, you want it to be completely flat on here, you don’t want to arch it up or do anything, there’s no open strings coming through there, it’s flat, completely flat and just remember, just to dampen or mute out this string, the fifth string when you’re doing the G minor.

Which you’ll do naturally after awhile, you’ll just start doing it naturally. Alright, let’s go ahead and get started. So, it looks like we got D minor, four times, G minor, 4 times, D minor, four times again and then A7 four times at the end and then we’re going to do the same thing again, we’re going to do the ol flip-a-roo at the end, switching the D minor and A7 around and then it’s over. Normally you go through it twice. So, you’ll have a chance to go through it twice. I’m going to play this at a mediocre pace. Please be advised that there’s a PDF that goes along with this lesson and if you haven’t downloaded it, please visit our PDF download section to do that, as well as click on the link in the description of this video and that will give you four different MP3 files in which you can play along with, each at a different tempo. So, you can start with the lowest tempo and then build your way up. I’m going to go about mediocre here, so I’m not going to do the slowest tempo in that zip file but it’s something to work towards. And you can watch my fingers and stuff change as I go.

So, here we go 1,2,3,4 (playing) again… (playing) and that, my friend, is the key of D minor and if you did that and if you kept up with me for the first time, first try, congratulations and very good, you did very well. But, then be sure to try it at 100 and then 130 beats a minute, that should be a little more challenging. You want to play these up around 130, it’s a little faster than 120, which is the average length, or should I say the average tempo. The length of the beats between each other, 120 beats per minute. Where 130 is just a little faster and so that allows you to play 120 quite relaxed, so if you can play 130, you can do 120.


Key of D Minor



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