Introduction to the E minor chord on guitar
Learning to play the E minor chord on guitar is a common first step in a guitarist’s journey. This lesson will help you learn it with ease.
It’s 1 of the 3 foundational open minor guitar chords, the other 2 chords being A minor and D minor.
How to play the open E minor chord on guitar
The most commonly seen version of the E minor chord on guitar is the 2 finger, open position shape. This is called the “E minor shape”.
Here’s how to play the E minor chord, step-by-step:
- Place your ring finger on fret 2 of the D string
- Place your middle finger on fret 2 of the A string
- Strum all strings starting from the Low E string.
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Understanding the E minor chord on guitar
Writing the E minor chord
You might see minor chord names abbreviated differently as you learn guitar. The three most common ways to write the E minor chord are:
E minor – Emin – Em
Notes in the E minor chord
The notes in the E minor chord are E,G, and B.
Em chord intervals
|1 (root)||b3 ( minor third)||5 (fifth)|
Questions about the E minor chord on guitar
What is the difference between E major and E minor on guitar?
There are 8 total foundational guitar chords, E major and E minor being two of them. The difference between E major and E minor is the 3rd.
E major has a major 3rd (3), and E minor has a minor 3rd (b3). Relative to the E root note, changing the third makes a dramatic difference in the chord’s sound.
Now that you’ve learned the E minor chord on guitar you can move onto new things!
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