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Em & E two easy chords - 2 Minute Lesson.

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

I'll start you off with two relatively easy chords.

Em is probably the easiest chord for a beginner. It just requires two fingers. I suggest playing it with the 2nd and 3rd finger, as it will be easier to play E major this way too. Plus leaving your 1st finger free means it's ready to go down on the 1st fret for so many other chords you will need to change to as you start playing guitar.

So very simply place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, remember to place your finger right at the front of the fret. Your 2nd finger will go down on the 5th string, 2nd fret. Because your 3rd finger is already down your 2nd finger won't be able to get to the front of the fret so tuck it just behind the 3rd finger on the middle of the fret.

The notes in an E minor chord are:

1 = E

b3 = G

5 = B

To play E major you simply add your first finger to the 1st fret of the 3rd string. This raises the minor 3rd by a semitone to a major 3rd. G goes up to G#. Making the chord sound brighter/happier so it's a major chord.

The notes in an E major chord are:

1 = E

3 = G#

5 = B


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