Introduction to the E chord on guitar
Learning to play the E chord on guitar is a common first step in a guitarist’s journey. This lesson will help you learn it with ease.
It’s 1 of the 5 foundational open major guitar chords, the other 4 chords being C,A,G, and D.
How to play the open E chord on guitar
The most commonly seen version of the E chord on guitar is the 3 finger, open position shape. This is called the “E shape”.
Here’s how to play the E chord, step-by-step:
- Place your middle finger on fret 2 of the A string
- Place your ring finger on fret 2 of the D string
- Place your index finger on fret 3 of the G string
- Strum all strings 6 strings. Make sure you can hear each string clearly!
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The One Finger E Chord
There is an easier way to play the E chord. The one finger E chord uses just a single finger on the fretting hand, the index finger placed at the first fret G string.
With your index finger there, play the G,B, and high E strings. This chord couldn’t be any easier, and is oftentimes a first guitar chord for kids.
However, this E chord shape sounds very “empty”. It’s not a recommended alternative, unless you’re a kid or an absolute beginner.
Understanding the E chord on guitar
Notes in the E chord
The notes in the E major chord are E,G#, and B.
E chord intervals
|1 (root)||3 (third)||5 (fifth)|
Now that you’ve learned the E chord on guitar you can move onto new things!
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