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Eb Minor

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From your perspective:

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STEP BY STEP

How to play a Eb Minor chord on the guitar

  1. Make a barre with your first finger on the sixth fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the seventh fret of the second string.
  3. Put your third finger on the eight fret of the fourth string.
  4. Put your fourth finger on the eight fret of the third string.
  5. Strum only the highest five strings.

THEORY

Eb Minor is a minor triad, three notes stacked on top of one another. The root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth:

In addition to being the root of Eb Minor, it is also the vi chord of Gb Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard in this version of Eb Minor:

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HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter Ebm as the vi chord of Gb Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

Gb
Db
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Ebm
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Cb

In the key of Eb Minor itself, with a little respelling, those chords become the III, VII, i, and VI. You might see them arranged like so:

Ebm
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Cb
Gb
Db
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Let’s get rid of those major chords, though. Moving from the diminished ii°, to the v, and back to the i:

Fdim7
Bbm
Ebm
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You can also play the dimished chord as ‘half-diminished’ seventh—a little gentler:

Fm7b5
Bbm
Ebm
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You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Ebm
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Abm
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Db
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SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Ebm in the key of Gb Major:

HOW TO PLAY
Gb Major
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HOW TO PLAY
Db Major

More important chords in the key of Eb Minor:

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HOW TO PLAY
Ab Minor
HOW TO PLAY
Bb Minor
HOW TO PLAY
F Minor