This article brings together the chords possible from the 3 minor scales: natural, harmonic and melodic minor. I covered the chords built from the D harmonic and D melodic minor scales in previous articles. In this article, I analyze 28 songs that use only one of those scales, 2 of them or all 3 together, and end with tips on writing a song in a minor key.
The melodic minor scale is the preferred minor scale with jazz musicians, and they are mainly the only musicians who use the scale. There are 73 chords that can be built from the D melodic minor scale which offers a lot of options if you want to use the scale to write a song. I cover all the chords and reduce the 73 chords to a handful you want to use in your song.
I cover the harmonic minor scale in this article and list all the chords that can be built from the D harmonic minor scale. There are 52 chord names that can be built from the harmonic minor scale, though you won't need most of them. I list all the chords from the D harmonic minor scale with a suggested chord list that you can use to write a song in D harmonic minor.
The notes D, E and A in the scale of C major all build minor chords. All the possible minor 7th chords built from a major key beside the m7 chord are the minor 9th, minor 11th and minor 13th chords (m9, m11, and m13). Besides the 52 minor 7th guitar chord shapes, I also cover the intervals and notes in each chord type.
This article covers the notes in the minor triad, minor 6, minor add 9, and minor 6 add 9 chords. I also have 41 open guitar chord shapes for Dm, Em & Am, the 3 minor chords from the key of C major. I also include chord equivalents, chord resolution tendencies and other notes on the minor chords in C major.
The Emadd9 guitar chord, like all m add9 chords, has a distinctive, almost eerie sound. It's a good chord to use if you are a songwriter. The Em9 chord, on the other hand, sounds rich and full. Both chords add depth to any song. I have a total of 26 open and closed guitar chord voicings for these great minor chords.