The E Minor chord (E, G, B) is a ubiquitous one (you'll find use for it in all genres of music and songs of varying difficulty), and it's one of those great chords in the respect that it has a bunch of easy-to-play open position variations, but also has plenty of challenging voicings around the fretboard if you're looking to challenge yourself or achieve a unique sound in your playing.
Today, we'll be looking at a few of the most popular versions of Em, along with some less common voicings that you might want to consider adding to your repertoire.
Let's start with the basics, shall we? Here's the version of Em guitar chord that everyone typically learns first:
Yup, it's that easy. There's a reason E Minor is one of the first chords most new guitar players learn.
Don't "fret" if you were looking for more of a challenge when playing this chord in open position, though, because there are a few fun twists you can put on the basic formula:
You shouldn't have too much trouble nailing down the first of those voicings. The second, however, might pose some difficulty since you'll be engaging all of your fretting fingers and have to pull off that bar move, and will need to make a significant stretch to boot.
Now, what if you want to play E Minor higher up on the fretboard? You've got plenty of options for doing so, and we'll start at the 7th fret, with an easier 5-string barre chord voicing:
And if you're looking for a higher-pitched E Minor chord you can play without barring, you can just jump up to the 9th fret:
It's a bit of a stretch, admittedly, but you'll get a bright sound from this voicing, so don't discount it, even if you're having some trouble grasping it at first.
There are plenty more ways to play E Minor (Em), so when you've got these under your belt, feel free to start looking at even more voicings to add to your arsenal. As always, good luck, and happy practicing!
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