This is a lesson on how to play the E Minor Guitar Chord using an alternate tuning known as “Drop D Tuning“. I am assuming you already have your guitar tuned to Drop D and are looking to start learning some chords. If not, head on over to this post on Drop D Tuning and tune your guitar, then come back and learn the E Minor Chord.
With Drop D Tuning, all that changes is the Low E string. You are tuning your Low E String to a D, so any chords that have their root on the Low E string in standard tuning, like the E Minor Chord for instance, are played differently.
The E Minor Chord is found by locating the 1, b3 and 5 steps of the E Major Scale: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, and D#, which gives us the notes E, G and B.
Here is what this chord looks like in standard tuning:
So, since the Low E string is tuned to a D in Drop D Tuning, we can no longer play that string open as in the chord chart above. We now have to play an E note on the sixth string somehow. This can be accomplished by simply pressing down on the 2nd fret of the Low E String.
Here is what the E Minor Chord looks like in Drop D Tuning: