Chord Progressions in E Minor

When I first started learning guitar this is the key that I most used. See when you’re a teenager like I was at 19, you had anger, repressed anger that had to come out in one way or another. My way was the guitar. Its a good way to use to release all that pent up energy you have stored up inside of you as a teenager. Are you a teenager just beginning to learn the guitar? If so, you can learn it all right here on this very blog. Have a look around, use the search box and ask me questions. Not everything is free but most of it is. Just drop me an email.

The first chord I had the most fun on was the E Minor chord. This chord is the basis for most metal and hard rock tunes. Why? because its the lowest on the neck and it has those top 3 strings that can ring out as you chug endlessly on the bottom strings.

Chords in the Key of Em – Same as G Major (The Relative Major Key)

Em Am D G C F#b5 Bm

The Notes in the E Minor Scale are as follows:

E F# G A B C# D

Progression Examples:

  1. Em Bm Em Bm7 

  2. Em Cmaj7 Em Cmaj7

  3. Em Gadd9 D 

  4. Em Em Cmaj7 D

  5. Em Cmaj7 D Bm 

  6. Em Am Bm7 Am7

  7. D Em Bm D Em

  8. Em Am D G C F#dim B7 (circle of 4ths)



In my book, this is what I provided for the student to use and abuse to his or her liking. Application is key. IF you can’t apply it, you don’t really know it.

As is with all the keys and all the progressions, it is highly suggested that you record, use the progressions in some way even if its just writing it down on paper and figuring out the chord tones in your head.

Every little inch you gain matters. 

Everything you do for yourself as far as musical development is something that you can move forward on. You can use each single step as a stepping stone on to a higher degree or level of knowledge.

It is not necessary that you stay on these progressions for a prolonged period of time. In and out. Work it, learn it, record it, be able to apply it in a moments notice.