Piano Em7 Chord
Understanding the princple behind building an Em7 is easy. Click here to read about 7th chords if you haven't read this page yet and get back here once you're done. I'm sure you'll find it more useful to understand the conecpt of creating every 7th chord instead of just one at a time.
Look at the image to see how to play Em7 in the root position on piano.
You should basically play the notes E (Right above middle C) G, B and D with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th fingers.
The meaning of a chord in the root position is that the key note of the chord (E in our case) is placed as the lowest note of the chord.
The Em7 chord often functions as the second degree to an A7 Chord .
If you're not sure whether you got it right check out the musical intervals you created, The Em7 chord is made out of a minor third which defines it as a minor chord, then a major third and a minor third again on top of each other.
Another way to build this chord quickly is by building a E Minor chord and adding a minor third on top of the B note, or adding a whole tone under the key note (E) which will create a Em7 chord in the 3rd inversion (All possible chord inversions are given below in this page).
Now let's invert Em7 into all possible Chord Inversions (So the key note of the chord will appear in different places of the chord). The possible chord inversions are given in the image.
So when we'll see the chord symble Em7 above a bar it means we have to play a Em7 chord.
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