E minor chord

E minor chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.
More Em chord categories: Em7


  • Em chord diagram

Em barre 1st

  • Em barre chord diagram

Em barre 2nd

  • Em barre chord diagram

Relevant chords


  • Em/D chord diagram


  • Em/B chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

Em - C - D - G

Chords that sounds good together with E minor

The primary chords that sound good to combine with Em in chord progressions are: G, Am, Bm, C, D.
Secondary chords are among many other: Cmaj7, D7, Gmaj7, Am7, B7.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow E minor in progressions:
› G
› C
› D
› Am

Finger position (Em chord)

Index (1st) finger or middle (2nd) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Middle (2nd) finger or ring (3rd) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.

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Chord names

Em is an abbreviation  for E minor (a less common abbreviation is Emin).

Theory of the Em chord

The notes that an Em chord consists of are E, G, B.
To get Em7 add D.
To get Em6 add C#.


1st inversion: Em/G (means that G is the bass note).

2nd inversion: Em/B (means that B is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Alternative chord names

Em/D (XX0000) is identical with Em7/D or G6/D.

Omissions (dyads)

Em (no3) is an E minor with no third (G).
Em (no5) is an E minor with no fifth (B).

Alternative shapes and voicings

Here are other ways to play E minor:

Em chord diagramEm chord diagram

Written in tab format

- 0 -
- 0 -
- 0 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 0 -

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