E minor - confused

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thewheelfactory

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so through YouTube one guy says the best way to play the E minor chord is to use your 2nd & 3rd (middle, ring) fingers in the 2nd fret and strum.. Then I started these lessons here and when my teacher taught me the E minor she says to use the 1st & 2nd finger in same fret.. So I broke my habit and switched fingers like she told me too.. 5 lessons later sahe's going back to that same chord and she's using the 2nd & 3rd fingers.. haha.. what the hell ? I felt more comfortable with the 2nd & 3rd fingers because it made it easier to switch to the next chord.. Same goes with the D major but I haven't seen her replay that one yet.. She says 1st, 2nd, 3rd fingers where that same guy on YouTube says 2nd, 3rd, 4th.. I swithed again to what she said.. Does anyone one here with some experience know what is better ???

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so through YouTube one guy says the best way to play the E minor chord is to use your 2nd & 3rd (middle, ring) fingers in the 2nd fret and strum.. Then I started these lessons here and when my teacher taught me the E minor she says to use the 1st & 2nd finger in same fret.. So I broke my habit and switched fingers like she told me too.. 5 lessons later sahe's going back to that same chord and she's using the 2nd & 3rd fingers.. haha.. what the hell ? I felt more comfortable with the 2nd & 3rd fingers because it made it easier to switch to the next chord.. Same goes with the D major but I haven't seen her replay that one yet.. She says 1st, 2nd, 3rd fingers where that same guy on YouTube says 2nd, 3rd, 4th.. I swithed again to what she said.. Does anyone one here with some experience know what is better ???

thewheelfactory

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I wish I can ask her

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I wish I can ask her

William MG

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I had to play something to see how I play it. Seems I flip without thinking about it! Depends on where I am coming from (chord I mean) I guess.

Maybe check out Lisa's fundamental lessons. There might be an Em in there. You can always count on Lisa to steer you right.

Have fun learning and good luck.

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Mike O

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I had to play something to see how I play it. Seems I flip without thinking about it! Depends on where I am coming from (chord I mean) I guess.

Maybe check out Lisa's fundamental lessons. There might be an Em in there. You can always count on Lisa to steer you right.

Have fun learning and good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

manXcat

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Em is arguably the simplest easiest open chord to fret. There are multiple fingerings used regularly to affect the same voicing. Those two are both most common. Neither is wrong.

Fingering it with fingers 1&2 is easiest for rank beginners with no disadvantages changing between other open chords and so is what is most commonly taught initially by common convention.

If you learn to play it with fingers 2&3 and are more comfortable with that, play it that way. Neither is more correct or cleverer. As you progress you'll play it both ways adaptive to facilitate the progression/song you're' playing. P.S. Same applies to D. 1,2,3 fingering is easiest which coincides with fastest rate of progress which most beginners need to perceive to sustain motivation.

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Em is arguably the simplest easiest open chord to fret. There are multiple fingerings used regularly to affect the same voicing. Those two are both most common. Neither is wrong.

Fingering it with fingers 1&2 is easiest for rank beginners with no disadvantages changing between other open chords and so is what is most commonly taught initially by common convention.

If you learn to play it with fingers 2&3 and are more comfortable with that, play it that way. Neither is more correct or cleverer. As you progress you'll play it both ways adaptive to facilitate the progression/song you're' playing. P.S. Same applies to D. 1,2,3 fingering is easiest which coincides with fastest rate of progress which most beginners need to perceive to sustain motivation.

♪A little better all the time♫

hsnoeckx

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neither fingering is wrong but it all depends on the chord progression you play which fingering to choose, for instance if you would go from Em to G played with the 1st,2nd and 3rd finger then fingering Em with 1st and 2nd finger would be easier and quicker but if you're used to take the G chord with the 2nd, 3rd and pinky then 2nd and 3rd finger Em would be better,

Herman

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neither fingering is wrong but it all depends on the chord progression you play which fingering to choose, for instance if you would go from Em to G played with the 1st,2nd and 3rd finger then fingering Em with 1st and 2nd finger would be easier and quicker but if you're used to take the G chord with the 2nd, 3rd and pinky then 2nd and 3rd finger Em would be better,

Herman

thewheelfactory

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ok thanks...

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ok thanks...

buimaikhang

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Why would you watch YouTube when you have Guitar Tricks? It’s not good to use 2 different methods.

Originally Posted by: thewheelfactory

so through YouTube one guy says the best way to play the E minor chord is to use your 2nd & 3rd (middle, ring) fingers in the 2nd fret and strum.. Then I started these lessons here and when my teacher taught me the E minor she says to use the 1st & 2nd finger in same fret.. So I broke my habit and switched fingers like she told me too.. 5 lessons later sahe's going back to that same chord and she's using the 2nd & 3rd fingers.. haha.. what the hell ? I felt more comfortable with the 2nd & 3rd fingers because it made it easier to switch to the next chord.. Same goes with the D major but I haven't seen her replay that one yet.. She says 1st, 2nd, 3rd fingers where that same guy on YouTube says 2nd, 3rd, 4th.. I swithed again to what she said.. Does anyone one here with some experience know what is better ???

Music is only for the smart. Cowards cannot grasp its concept. Simillarly, glory is for the deserving. The undeserving cannot posess it for long, or maybe not even possess it at all.

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Why would you watch YouTube when you have Guitar Tricks? It’s not good to use 2 different methods.

Originally Posted by: thewheelfactory

so through YouTube one guy says the best way to play the E minor chord is to use your 2nd & 3rd (middle, ring) fingers in the 2nd fret and strum.. Then I started these lessons here and when my teacher taught me the E minor she says to use the 1st & 2nd finger in same fret.. So I broke my habit and switched fingers like she told me too.. 5 lessons later sahe's going back to that same chord and she's using the 2nd & 3rd fingers.. haha.. what the hell ? I felt more comfortable with the 2nd & 3rd fingers because it made it easier to switch to the next chord.. Same goes with the D major but I haven't seen her replay that one yet.. She says 1st, 2nd, 3rd fingers where that same guy on YouTube says 2nd, 3rd, 4th.. I swithed again to what she said.. Does anyone one here with some experience know what is better ???

Music is only for the smart. Cowards cannot grasp its concept. Simillarly, glory is for the deserving. The undeserving cannot posess it for long, or maybe not even possess it at all.

thewheelfactory

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Before GuitarTricks there was YouTube for me..

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Before GuitarTricks there was YouTube for me..

DavesGuitarJourney

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I think there is a lot of variability in the way you finger a chord. Some of it is personal preference and a lot of it is situational, depending on where your fingers are coming from and where they are going next.

RE: more than one program at the same time, I am using two very good programs concurrently -Justin Guitar and Guitar Tricks. For me, they complement each other and reinforce each other. I have almost entirely stopped any other random YouTube instructional videos for now though. I need structure at this point, and I don't get that from random YouTubers.

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I think there is a lot of variability in the way you finger a chord. Some of it is personal preference and a lot of it is situational, depending on where your fingers are coming from and where they are going next.

RE: more than one program at the same time, I am using two very good programs concurrently -Justin Guitar and Guitar Tricks. For me, they complement each other and reinforce each other. I have almost entirely stopped any other random YouTube instructional videos for now though. I need structure at this point, and I don't get that from random YouTubers.

JeffS65

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Originally Posted by: thewheelfactory

I wish I can ask her

As a Full Access member, you can go to the instructor's specific forum and ask. Lisa is great at quick answers: Link >>

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Originally Posted by: thewheelfactory

I wish I can ask her

As a Full Access member, you can go to the instructor's specific forum and ask. Lisa is great at quick answers: Link >>