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Chords for Greensleeves in A Minor

by Jerry Rockwell

If you tune DAD and put your capo on the first fret, we can play the chords to Greensleeves in A Minor. The capo at the first fret REALLY helps a lot when you get to the E Major chord: it is possible without the capo, but you can't get that nice low E in the bass for that V chord.

   Am / / / / /   G / / / / /  Am / / / / / Esus4 / E / /  
|D|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----4-----|-0-----0-----|
|A|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----4-----|-7-----6+----|
|D|-6-----6-----|-5-----5-----|-4-----4-----|-5-----5-----|

   Am / / / / /   G / / / / /  Am / / E / /  Am / / / / /  
|D|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----0-----|-4-----------|
|A|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----6+----|-4-----------|
|D|-6-----6-----|-5-----5-----|-4-----5-----|-4-----------|

    C / / / / /   G / / / / /  Am / / / / / Esus4 / E / /  
|D|-6-----6-----|-5-----5-----|-4-----4-----|-0-----0-----|
|A|-6-----6-----|-6-----6-----|-4-----4-----|-7-----6+----|
|D|-8-----8-----|-7-----7-----|-6-----6-----|-5-----5-----|

   Am*/ / / / /   G / / / / /  Am / / E / /  Am / / / / /  
|D|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----0-----|-4-----------|
|A|-4-----4-----|-3-----3-----|-4-----6+----|-4-----------|
|D|-6-----6-----|-5-----5-----|-4-----5-----|-4-----------|

* you can use a C chord for this measure if you want

I usually play this in 6/4, so I have the six slashes for each measure (one slash is replaced by the chord name). Many times though, I just do two strums per measure, where each strum goes for three beats. This is a GREAT application for your "air strums" where you silently sweep over the strings on the detailed subdivisions. Try it!!

This also goes great in 2/4 or 4/4, and if you are in the latter, it is easy to apply very modern syncopated grooves and rhythmic interest. This way it is a bit like time-travel and genre-surfing at the same time!

These are in block chord formations. Most often, I usually like to arpeggiate these chords with a flowing fingerpicking style, or with your flatpick. Use your imagination!!

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