Em piano chord (E minor) with pictures and audio examples

In this post, we will look at how to form the e minor chord on the piano and listen to some audio examples of the chord in root position and first and second inversions.

The e minor piano chord is constructed using the notes E, G, B

The e minor chord can be formed easily by stacking the root, minor third and perfect fifth. If that seems confusing, then the following simple minor chord formula will make it easier for you to understand.

E minor piano chord (Em) formula

To form any minor chord, you can simply count three steps to the right of the current note, and the note that you land on will be the second note in the chord and from that note, if you move four steps to right, you will land on the third note of the chord.

 

Let us apply this formula to the e minor chord:

 

From the root note E, let us count three steps to the right, F, F#, G. The third note we land on is the second note in the e minor chord.

From the note G, let us count four steps to the right, G#, A, A#, B. The fourth note that we land on is the third note of the e minor chord.

 

The following image should make it clear:

E minor chord in root position

E minor chord first inversion

E minor chord second inversion