E Flat Minor Chord For Beginners

Want to learn how to play the E flat minor chord? You’re in the right place! 

E Flat Minor Chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 4 super-simple ways to play the E flat minor chord.
  • 3 essential tips that will help your barre chords sound amazing.
  • The #1 secret that will boost your chord success.

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What’s the best way to play an E flat minor chord?

The two most popular ways to play an E flat minor chord are:

  • E Flat Minor Chord. (E minor shape.)
  • E Flat Minor Chord. (A minor shape.)

Let’s take a look at both of these chord shapes.

To play both of these chords correctly, you must know how to barre chords. Here are 3 quick tips from Mike:

E Flat Minor Chord (E minor Shape)

This first barre chord shape is referred to as the ‘Em shape’ because it is based off an Em chord.

To learn an Em chord go here: Easy Ways To Play An Em Chord

E Flat Minor Chord

  • Find the 11th fret and barre over all the strings with your first finger.
  • Find the 13th fret on the A string. (5th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 13th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.

Barre chords are a beginners worst nightmare, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away.

E Flat Minor Chord (A minor Shape)

In the guitar world, we refer to this barre chord as the ‘A minor’ shape because it is based off an A minor chord.

Let’s compare.

Here’s an Am chord:

E Flat Minor Chord

Here’s a E flat minor chord (A minor barre shape):

E Flat Minor Chord

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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Can you see how both chords use the Am shape?

To play this chord:

  • Find the 6th fret. Barre your first finger from the 6th fret of the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Find the 8th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 8th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 7th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.

Let’s take a look at some easy versions of the E flat minor chord.

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E Flat Minor Chord | Easy Version 1

This E flat minor chord is perfect for beginner guitarists. It’s simple, sounds fantastic and is SO much easier than a barre chord.

E Flat Minor Chord

  • Find the 4th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 3rd fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 4th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find 2nd fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.

E Flat Minor Chord | Easy Version 2

If you’re a brand new guitarist, this chord is perfect for you. It’s super-simple to play and feels great under the fingers.

D_Sharp_Minor Chord

  • Find the 4th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.
  • Play the B and E string simultaneously.

E Flat Minor Chord | Easy Version 3

This is one of the EASIEST ways to play an E flat minor chord, here’s why:

  • It only uses 3 fingers.
  • Learning this chord will help your string skipping technique.
  • This chord is fantastic for boosting your chord technique.

Ebm Chord

If you want to learn how to play guitar, you must learn how to read guitar chords. Learn how to here: How To Read Guitar Chords: An Essential Guide

  • Find the 6th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 5th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 4th fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.
  • Play the G (3rd string), B (2nd string) and E strings (1st string) simultaneously.

E Flat Minor Chord | Easy Version 4

This E flat minor chord sits between open chords and barre chords in terms of difficulty.

D_Sharp_Minor_Chord_

  • Find the 6th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 6th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 5th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 4th fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.
  • Strum from the D string. (4th string.)

I don’t want to learn easy chords, give me the hard chords!

The fastest way to develop your technique is to learn easy chords first.

Don’t try to run before you can walk when learning how to play guitar.

The best way to boost your guitar progress is to start with easy chords. Once you’ve mastered easy chords, then you can move on to the harder stuff.

Starting with hard chords is the worst thing you can do as a beginner guitarist.

Learn how to play easy chords here: 

3 Essential Chord Tips

Beginners often find guitar chords difficult, however fear not! We’ve come up with 3 essential tips which will help you master guitar chords.

Tip #1 Move your thumb and wrist!

Don’t keep your thumb stuck in one place. Let it move freely around the neck.

Here’s an example of what your thumb should like:

E Flat Minor Chord

Your thumb and wrist should move seamlessly around the neck.

Tip #2 Use Your Finger Tips

The best way to play guitar chords is with your finger tips. Don’t use the fleshy part of your fingers.

Try and fret chords as close to your finger nail as possible. (Make sure that it doesn’t hurt!)

Tip #3 Keep Your Fingers Straight

To guarantee that your chords ring out clearly, make sure that your fingers are as straight as possible.

Your first knuckle should be bent, however your the rest of your finger should be straight.

Here’s what your fingers should look like:

E Flat Minor Chord

To learn how to fret chords correctly, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’s Guide

 

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