The E flat minor chord is most commonly played as a root-5 bar chord, starting on the 6th fret. It is enharmonically the same as the D sharp minor chord, but Ebm is the most common version of the two.

None of the notes in the Ebm chord can be played on the open strings of the guitar, so Ebm can not be played as an open chord,

Some Quick Ebm Chord Theory

  • The E flat minor chord contains the notes Eb, Gb and Eb.
  • The Eb minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the Eb Major scale.
  • The Eb minor chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • Eb minor is the relative minor of Gb Major.
  • Ebm is the first chord in the key of Eb minor. The seven chords in the key of Eb minor are: Ebm, F diminished, Gb+, Abm, Bb, Cb, D diminished

10 Ways To Play The Eb Minor Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Ebm, here they are.

Eb Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

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