How to Play the Eb Minor Chord: Master Every Chord Shape

The Eb minor chord, also known as D# minor, is one of those rare chords in popular music. It has a mysterious and dark sound, and it has been used in genres such as metal and rock. Even though it is not very popular, every musician should know how to play it since it can be found in other keys such as Ab minor. Today, you’ll learn how to play the different chord shapes that produce the sound of Ebm!

If you’re interested in composing some music using this chord, we recommend you to try the other chords that belong to the key of Eb minor, such as F diminished, Gb+, Abm, Bb, Cb, and D diminished. If you’d like to go beyond that, you can try some chords from other keys like Ab minor, Bb minor, Gb major, and Db major!

We’ll show you the different shapes that you can try to play this amazing chord. This way, you’ll have options before you can produce good-sounding barre chords. We’ll show you these chords in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest one!

Easy Eb Minor Chord Shape

Since the standard version of this chord is a barre chord, we should learn how to play a simple shape first. Here we have a great alternative that you can use while you’re still learning how to play the standard Eb minor chord shape. Try it with your index finger pressing all the strings. This way, you’ll train your finger to play barre chords!

Eb Minor Chord

Eb Minor Triad Chord Shapes

Knowing how to play the different inversions and positions that this chord has along the fretboard will give you many options to play this chord. Not only that but it will also help you find other sounds using the same chord!

Each of these chord shapes has its own sound and feel, and it would be great for every guitarist to know them! Let’s check some of these chord shapes:

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Standard Eb Minor Chord Shape

Playing this chord can be a little challenging for some beginner guitarists, but just with a few hours of practice, you’ll be strumming beautiful Eb minor chords! Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t sound as good as you would like it to sound on your first tries! Every guitarist, even legendary shredders, has struggled with this type of chord.

We recommend you follow these tips on how to get your hand used to play barre chords:

  • Press with the side of your index finger the whole set of strings on the correspondent fret. For now, just use that finger until you produce a good sound out of all the strings.
  • As soon as you can play all the notes with your index finger pressing them, you can proceed to place the other fingers where they belong to play the chord.
  • Practice the chord as much as you can. You can do that by pressing and releasing the strings while following the shape.

Follow the next image to learn how to play the standard Eb minor chord:

Eb Minor Chord

Eb Minor Barre Chord Shape

There’s another way in which you could play this as a barre chord. It’s on the same level as the standard shape, but is equally useful. We recommend you learn the standard version first since here you must apply a more complex barre chord, which means that you press your index finger a bit more. Ultimately the sound is extremely similar, but this version has a fuller tone. Follow the next image to learn how to play it:

Eb Minor Chord


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