For this weeks EDTC 300 learning project post I’ll be doing a how to on the E Minor chord, or EM chord. This is a pretty beginner chord. It does not take a lot of complicated hand and finger twisting to perform. Despite this it still took some time and a few different resources to perfect.
To start I looked up a picture of the finger placement I was to use. I’m a very visual learner so the more visual content I can get my hands on the better. The picture gave me a start to what I would be learning. I learned from this that only two fingers, my middle and ring fingers would be placed on the second and third string of the guitar along the second fret, Looking something like this:
I also used a Thomas Michaud video on YouTube. Thomas Michaud is an excellent guitar player/teacher on YouTube who has great instructional content. His video “3 Ways to play EM (E Minor) on guitar” was very helpful to me. I used the first and simplest way to play the chord. His video was an excellent resource as he explained it thoroughly and left enough time to follow along with his movements.
Lastly I used my yousicain app to help me perform the chord. My yousican app did little to teach me the skill, but did help ensure me that I was playing it correctly. In it there was an practice chord option for each new chord presented. It shows the correct finger placement along the strings and when the chord is played the strings light up in green if the chord is correct and red if incorrect.
I put all the useful information I leaned from the above sources to make this E Minor how to video. I hope it helps! Let me know if you have any questions I can help you with down below.
If you prefer to read on how to do the skill or supplement your learning further follow these steps:
- Place your middle finger on the second thickest string, slightly above the second fret.
- Place your middle finger on the string directly below the first right along the second fret.
- Ensure all other fingers are of the strings to ensure a clean sound.
- Strum all six chords.
- play your favourite George Strait tune!