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How To Play An Em On Guitar

An E minor chord is one of the most important foundational guitar chords. It is thankfully also among the easiest to get wrap your head around. Em is one of the chords I recommend for your first chords to learn. It will help you to be able to play thousands of songs with a capo. Without further ado, here is how to play an Em chord.

Em Chord

If you’re unfamiliar with chord charts let me break down how you read this. The numbers in the circle represent which fingers you will be placing on the fretboard. 1 being your pointer finger and 2 is your rude finger 3 is your ring finger and 4 your pinky. As you can see above you only need your second and third fingers to play an Em.

The vertical lines in a chord chart represent the strings on the guitar with the thickest E string being on the left. The horizontal lines are the frets. 

So, using the chord chart, let’s break down how to make an Em.

1- Place your second finger on the second fret of the A string.

2- Place your third finger on the second fret of the D string.

3- Strum

For an Em chord, you can strum all the strings. That’s what makes it one of the most beginner-friendly chords as it impossible to hit the wrong string. Even if you have poor form with your left or right hand you will still be playing the chord!

That’s it! Try practicing getting your fingers into that position, removing them, and putting them back. This will help get the muscles in your hands get used to creating the shape.

Try strumming the chord and maybe changing between ann Em and any other chords you have learned so far.



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