Learn how to play an E minor guitar chord in this video lesson. There are three different notes in an Em guitar chord, these are E – root note, B – perfect 5th, and G – minor 3rd. This guitar lesson shows you both open position and bar shapes for E minor chords:
The open position E minor guitar chord contains four strings that are played open (E, G, B, e), which means you are only fretting two strings to hold down this chord, which should be pretty easy. Here is the chord diagram for this:
After you master this, it’s time to try an Em bar chord shape, starting at the seventh fret of the A string (an E note). Here is the guitar chord diagram:
Finally, we examine an octave E minor guitar chord played at the twelfth fret position on your guitar:
This is essentially a full barre shape for an Em guitar chord, using your index finger to hold down the strings on the 12th fret. You can get a free printable guitar chords book right here!
An E major chord is made up of three different notes: E is the root note, B is the perfect 5th, and G# is the major 3rd. In this guitar lesson you will learn the E guitar chord in several different places along the guitar neck:
First we begin this guitar lesson with an E major open chord shape:
This chord diagram shows the fingers index (1), middle (2) and ring (3) holding down this chord, but it can also be played using the pinky, ring and middle fingers as shown in the video. This is called an open chord because it contains several strings that are not fretted (played open), which gives this particular E major voicing a full and lush sound.
Next, you’ll learn a “D shaped” E major chord which is played on the G B and e strings. After this we’ll take a look at an E barre chord beginning at the 7th fret of the A string, using your ring finger to hold down the D G and B strings at the 9th fret. To finish off we examine the 12th fret position E major barre chord and octave shapes.
E major octave chord shape:
E major barre chord:
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