Watch the Fmaj7 & Emin Chords online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Acoustic Guitar For Beginners

You already have three chords in the bag: Cmaj7, C, and Fmaj7. Now we’re going to play an E minor (Em). It’s not tough to play but its shape is unrelated to the first three chords we learned.

Em uses only two fingers, and it’s a nice, full chord you can strum on all six strings. Let all those open strings ring through.

As you try strumming Fmaj7 to Em — in time — notice that the Fmaj7 should be played only from the 4th string down, while on the Em you strum from the 6th string down. A bit of attention has to be paid to the strumming hand to get this together, but most of the work is on the fretting hand.