Em chord inversions

Em/G and Em/B are the first and second inversions of the E minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from E to G or B.


  • Em/G chord diagram


  • Em/B chord diagram

Try in chord progressions

Am - Em/G - F
Am - Em/B - C

Theory of the Em/G and Em/B chords

Both chords consist of the notes E, G, B. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. G is the bass note in the first inversion and B is the bass note in the second inversion.

Chord construction

Em  E - B - E - G - B - E
Em/G  G - B - E - G - B - E
Em/B  x - B - E - G - B - E
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Em  E - G - B
Em/G  G - B - E
Em/B  B - E - G
Note structure in theory


When stumble upon these chord names, you can choose to ignore the alternate bass note and play the regular E minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle additions to the sound. Among the two presented inverted versions above, Em/B is more common. There are few situations in which Em/G comes handy.