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Oct 18, 2021 - 1:21:52 AM

Poguemahone

Australia

18 posts since 5/10/2020

Hi guys, playing around on my four string tuned to open g. Can anyone please help me, trying to play A minor with capo on 2nd fret and anything im trying isnt sounding quite right... how do you guys do it? up the neck or is there a sneaky way to do it that i'm missing? any help appreciated thanks in advance

Oct 18, 2021 - 6:31:53 AM
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You can't use the usual 1st position Am as you are already fretting string 2 fret 2 with the capo. So lòok for the next Amaj up the neck, which is an 'f shape' at frets 5,6 and 7 and make an fm shape there. So fret at 7,5,5,7 . Fret numbers here starting from the nut, not the capo. I'd ignore the 4th and barre at the 5th and fret the 1st at 7

Oct 18, 2021 - 7:23:49 AM
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I play three-finger on a 5-string, nothing on a 4-string. But I live in G tuning, and in my experience it makes no sense to capo the 4 full-length strings of G tuning (D-G-B-D) at 2nd fret to play A minor.

The capo at 2 raises the B string to C#, a half step higher than the C you need in an A minor chord, so you're depriving yourself of an A minor chord at the lowest position.

To play in A minor with capo 2, put the banjo into G minor tuning by lowering the 2nd string to B-flat. Then your capoed tuning will become E-A-C-E, a second inversion A minor chord.  You'll have to learn new fingering for your other chords.

The easier way to play A minor in open/standard G tuning -- because it's based on what you already know -- is to do it with no capo.

Oct 18, 2021 - 9:35:14 AM
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Lew H

USA

2688 posts since 3/10/2008

Two options have been given.1. Capo up 2 frets, tune the 2nd string to C. 2. Use open G, A minor chord is fretted:
4th string, 2nd fret, 3rd string, 2nd fret, 2nd string, 1st fret, 1st string, 2nd fret.

A higher A minor chord in open G (or open A) is what Andrew said. Use it capoed or open.

Oct 18, 2021 - 4:06:48 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Lew H

2. Use open G, A minor chord is fretted:
4th string, 2nd fret, 3rd string, 2nd fret, 2nd string, 1st fret, 1st string, 2nd fret.


Across all four strings, yes. But in practice, at least in three-finger, it's more common to fret only the 2-1-2 shape on the 3rd through 1st strings and move the fretting finger from 3rd to 4th string only as needed.

For those needing a lightbulb moment, this is the same shape as the 9-8-9 E-minor chord on 3rd through 1st strings.  The formation of X,  X minus 1, X  is a three-note minor chord ( triad) everywhere it's fretted, with the note on the 3rd string being the root/name note.

Oct 19, 2021 - 7:14:39 AM
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Lew H

USA

2688 posts since 3/10/2008

Old Hickory OF course.

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