Em7 chord

Em7 chord for guitar in different forms, including open and barre chords.


Em7 chord diagram 022030

The most common way to play the chord. Em7 is a four-note chord consisting of the notes E, G, B, D.

Alternative shapes

Em7 barre

  • Em7 barre shape X79787


  • Em7 chord diagram 020000

Em7 (voicing)

  • Em7 chord diagram XX2033

Relevant chords

Em7/D (voicing)

  • Em7/D chord diagram

Em7/C (voicing)

  • Em7/C chord diagram

Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

Em7 - D - Cadd9 (see with diagrams in pdf)


The alternative version of Em7 (XX2033) is E minor 7th with an omitted 5th. Another variant is 022033 with doublings on the root and the third. Em7/D could also be played XX0010.

Chord names

Em7 is a minor 7th chord (a less common abbreviation is Emin7). Em7/G, Em7/B and Em7/D are inversions of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the Dm7 chord consists of are E, G, B, D.
To get Em9 add F#.
To get E7 replace G with G#.

Finger position

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


1st inversion: Em7/G (means that G is the bass note).
2nd inversion: Em7/B (means that B is the bass note).
3rd inversion: Em7/D (means that D is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

Em7/F#: 220000
Em7/A: X00000

Alternative chord names

Em7/F# is theoretically identical with Em9/F#.
Em7/G is identical with G6.
Em7/A is identical with Em11/A or A11.
Em7/C is identical with Cadd9.

Written in tab format (main version in open position)

- 0 -
- 3 -
- 0 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 0 -

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