Em Guitar Chord

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:

E minor guitar chord
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:

Em bar chord

Finally, we examine an octave E minor guitar chord played at the twelfth fret position on your guitar:

Em bar chord

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!