The E Minor Chord

The Em Chord is an easy one, but there's a very common beginner mistake you should avoid!


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Hey Justin!
I started off learning my first chords using the middle, ring and the little finger as i was told it’s better to have your index finger spare at first for the bar chords later on. Is this totally wrong and do I have to unlearn my chords now?

Welcome to the forum Chris.
Don’t think of it as unlearing because you will be using that
grib for barre chords.
But you will need to play the open chords the way Justin teaches
to add embellishments and play sus and 7th chords.

It’s always a good thing to know how the play open chords with
different fingering. For example I play the open G chord 5 different
ways.

Hello @Somna and welcome to the Community.

It is true that some weeks / months down the line, beginner guitarists do meet with barre chords and their 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers take roles that would normally be taken by fingers 1, 2 and 3 in open chords, the person who advised you to learn this way from the get go has done you a dis-service.
I do not know of any teacher who would instruct with that advice for a beginner. The pay-off for barre chords is simply not worth the losses for all the things you can do with open chord shapes when you learn conventional fingering.
Occasionally, when playing a series of barre chords that also include open E major, you would play the E major with fingers 2, 3 & 4. Similarly if you were playing lots of barre chords and an open A minor chord - you might play it with fingers 2, 3 & 4.
But they are exceptions.
There are so many important reasons to learn fingerings with all four fingers, and definitely including your index that I am struggling to think why you were told to ignore it.
I strongly recommend you start again and re-learn the chord shapes. That might seem like a set back and it will take a period of adjustment but long-term you will be glad that you did,

Cheers :smiley:
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Thank you so much! :green_heart:

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