Learn to Play the E Minor Guitar Chord

The E minor guitar chord will be very easy to learn. It's used in lots of songs along with the major chords.  As you can see in the diagram, the E minor chord is simply two fingers on the fifth and fourth strings at the second fret with the other strings played open.  Only the four bottom strings are usually played.

The chord diagram on the left is for right handed players, and, the diagram on the right is for left handed guitarists.




Use these click tracks to develop timing when you're strumming your guitar.  The tracks will loop and continue to play as long as you want.  You will find these guitar strumming click tracks on each lesson page.  

60 BPM - 4/4 Time

120 BPM - 4/4 Time

60 BPM - 3/4 Time

120 BPM - 3/4 Time

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Use  the same counts that I showed you for switching between chords earlier on.  Switch between the G and E minor chords,  the C and E minor chords,  followed by D and E minor chords.  Remember to analyze the simplest way of switching between chords, leaving some fingers where they are and moving the rest in a group.  Put most of your focus on the chords that you find the most challenging.

These four guitar chords are often the only ones in key of G songs.

Four Chord Song List Using E Minor in the Key of G

Here's a list of four-chord songs in the key of G which use the E minor chord.



  • "Drunken Sailor" by The Irish Rovers G + D + E
  • "Bottoms Up" by Brantly Gilbert C + D + Em
  • "Hide Away" by Daya G + D + Em
  • "What The Hell" by Avril Lavigne G + C + Em
  • "Summertime" by Bon Jovi G + C + D + Em
  • "Collide" by Howie Day G + C + D + Em
  • "Teardrops on My Guitar" by Taylor Swift G + C + D + Em
  • "Let Her Cry" by Hootie and The Blowfish G + C + D + Em 
  • "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran G + C + D + Em
  • "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur G + C + D + Em 
  •  "Don't Stop Believin'" by Glee Cast G + C + D + Em
  • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift G + C + D + Em 
  • "Lost" by Coldplay G + C + D + Em 
  • "Hey Jealousy" by Gin Blossoms G + C + D + Em  
  • "Pompeii" by Bastille G + C + D + Em 
  • "Time of Your Life" by Green Day G + C + D + Em 
  • "Toothbrush" by DNCE G + C + D + Em 
  • "Wonderful Tonight" Eric Clapton G + C + D + Em 
  • "Reckless love" by Cory Asbury G + C + D + Em 
  • "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains G + C + D + Em 
  • "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line G + C + D + Em 
  • "Reckless love" by Cory Asbury G + C + D + Em 
  • "Everybody Hurts" by Avril Lavigne G + C + D + Em  
  • "What You Do To Me" by Dan Shay G + C + D + Em  
  • "Crazy For You" by Adele G + C + D + Em 
  • "Sangria" by Blake Shelton G + C + D + Em 

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