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Em Chord for the Ukulele

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Em Chord Ukulele
Fingering diagram
for the Em chord on the Ukulele (Standard Tuning)

The Em chord for the ukulele, (or E minor chord), is one of the easier chords to play. Simply hold down the 1st and 3rd strings on the 2nd fret. It can, however, take some finesse to accomplish this without dampening the 2nd and 4th strings. But with some practice, it shouldn’t be too much trouble.

The Em chord is made up of the notes G, D, E, and B. The chord has a moody feel to it. In 1876 the composer Ernst Pauer’s said that it, “…represents grief, mournfulness, and restlessness of spirit.”

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The Em chord is a favorite of guitarists, as it follows a guitar’s standard tuning. This is also a favorite key for heavy metal music, as it’s easy to play and heavy metal is not known for its joyful tone or lyrics.

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The Em chord is a must-have for the ukulele student. Many popular songs have been composed in this key, such as “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, and the Beatle’s “Elanor Rigby”.

For more chords in addition to the Em chord for the ukulele, download our FREE printable chart containing 21 of the most used ukulele chords!

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