Breaking Through Series Guitar Chord C#m


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This is my series breaking through designed to help you break through from that very beginner guitar player stage to the next level which is usually some few difficult chords. This is going to be about the C sharp minor. This is not a terribly common chord but very useful so I’m gonna show you how to play this on the easier side. When you get the bar chords there’s another way, we’re not gonna worry about that right now. Let’s do it.

Okay, C sharp minor – we’re gonna be working over here with the root on the 4th fret so that means I’m gonna put my 1st finger on the 1st string 4th fret. Now I’m gonna make what looks like an A minor chord with my 3rd, 4th and my 2nd fingers that’s what we’re aiming at. Let’s do it one finger at a time. First finger 4th fret, 1st string now I’m gonna go ahead and use the 3rd and 4th pinky, 3rd and 4th over on the 4th string and the 3rd string that’s the 6th fret okay, now I put down the 2nd string, 2nd finger on the 2nd string 5th fret, it sounds like this. Do it with me – 1st finger 4th fret 1st string – 3rd and 4th fingers stretch over, skip the 2nd string and do the 3rd and 4th strings that’s the 6th fret, together see side by side and then the 2nd finger on the 2nd string that’s the 5th fret. See if the notes are sounding, now take your hand off and do it again. First finger 4th fret 1st string, 3rd and 4th fingers 6th fret that’s the 4th and 3rd string and then put down the 2nd finger 5th fret 2nd and see if they sound. Strum. Okay as usual the way to practice that is to place the fingers and see if they sound, take it off, place the fingers, adjust sound. By the way, avoid the 6th and 5th string. Don’t get too tight about it but aim to just play the top 4 strings, it’ll work itself out, don’t worry about it.

And the next step to practicing is to use it in a simple progression. For simple progression, I’m gonna use the C sharp minor chord to an E chord so we’re gonna have a little movement. It’s easy like a jump but it’s easier than some of the other progressions – C sharp minor 4 times and then I jumped down to E. Hopefully the E is fairly easy for you at this point. C sharp minor and what I’m starting to do is to place all of these 3 fingers down first and then the 1st finger that’s your 2nd stage, E so do it with me four in sharp minors. I’m making an E minor form over here starting on the 5th fret and the 1st finger down 4th fret four times – 2, 3, 4 going to E back to C sharp minor now – E, do it again C sharp minor to E to C sharp minor, E – so for most of you, that’ll keep you busy for a while. Work out a little every day. I do wanna show you just a little bit step up practice way to practice this chord. We’re gonna do C sharp minor and then go to the B flat. I’ve made another video on the B flat so you can find them on my blog post for the C sharp minor. This is a great exercise, see we’re going straight down to B flat. At start its just 4 each keep down to A, sounds good back to B flat and the C sharp minor. Simple little pressure then you can add strumming.

I’m Tomas Michaud thanks for joining me in this video. Please if you’re watching this on YouTube or anywhere else, head on over to my blog where you can find a complete lesson and links to some material that will help you out. I look forward to seeing you in the next video. Bye for now.

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  1. I have played basic guitar for 12 years, and I was never taught advanced bar chords. They always scared me so I just used my capo. However, the capo doesn't help everything! ): Thank you so much for your tips and tricks to help me learn to be more advanced!

  2. Why not barre the 4th fret and play the 5th string there, along with the 1st? That adds a C# note to the chord. I'm guessing you aren't showing it that way because barre chords are supposedly too difficult for beginners. Good to know though, at least.

  3. Thanks your instruction is excellent – goto for chords I reckon. I notice this shape is exactly the same as your 4 finger Bm, moved down 2 frets. That's handy as I have Dbm followed by Bm in the song I'm learning!

  4. I'll probably forget to come back to this, but I've come across a C#m chord, that goes: without a capo or bar, from D7, just move all three fingers up by one string each, and that seems to work, it sounds roughly the same, I'm just wandering if it's a recognized chord, cause I've only ever seen one other person do it,    cheers, it's a great video series by the way, it is a help, if i'm not sure about something

  5. Breaking Through Series Guitar Chord C#m

    This is the C sharp minor. This is not a terribly common chord but very useful so I’m gonna show you how to play this on the easier side.

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  6. By far my favorite guitar series. There aren't many videos online for the in-between the beginner and intermediate players (me) Thank you!

  7. Now that I've gotten most of the chords down in the "lower frets" ie; E, Am, etc, I was thrilled to learn C#m, which is starting at the 4th fret. I am pretty psyched to learn more and more chords and get to the point where NO fret is unplayable for me! Thank you again for these invaluable lessons. I seriously love these. My sound-engineer hubby actually went out and bought me an effects pedal already, since I've been serious about daily practice! Hopefully, learning the upper fret chords (and the dreaded Barres) will not be so daunting, especially with these lessons! 🙂


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