How to Play E Chord on Guitar

How to play E chord on Guitar

Among all the chords that you will ever play on guitar, E Chord AKA E major chord is probably the most important one of them all. The reason behind it is that once you progress as a guitarist, and start playing barre chord or bar chords you will be needing the E major and minor chord structure on a regular basis.

Although it is one of popular chords and a very important one to learn, holding an E major chord finger position is not that hard. In fact, it does not even involve any extra stretching at all.

E Chord Guitar Finger Position

There are 2 different ways how you can play the E major chord in an open position. From my perspective the best way to play this chord is with your pinky, Ring, and middle finger; keeping your index finger open. This position will help you to play the barre chords in future as you progress along.

You need the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of the E major scale to construct this super important chord. Based on the notes we find it would be E, G#, B. Here is how you hold the notes on the on your guitar:

  • First put your pinky finger on the 4th string 2nd fret to play E note.
  • Then put your Ring finger on 2nd fret of 5th string to play B note
  • And at the end put your middle finger on 3rd string 1st fret to play G#.
  • You will get an Extra two E notes from the open 6th string and the 1st Be careful not to mute the 1st and 2nd string with the side of your palm while playing this chord. And also make sure you keep your index finger away from touching the string to avoid creating string buzz.
  • Now press your pinky, ring and middle finger on the mentioned positions and strum all the strings to create a beautiful E Major chord.

If you can master the E chord finger position the way I have shown you above you will be able to follow a shortcut to master the 6th string barre chord playing in no time.

Popular Songs in The Key of E

There are tons and tons of greatest music hits that involves the E major chord. Here are few of the ones that I think would help you to get yourself motivated to practice hard and master this wonderful chord position:

  • John Mayer: Slow Dancing in a burning room
  • Celine Dion: My heart will go on
  • Foo fighters: Best of you
  • Micheal Jackson: Thriller
  • Van Halen: Ice cream man
  • Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas

Listen to this song while practicing the E chord finger position on your guitar to get inspired. Of course, at first you will feel a bit frustrated as the musician will play a few other chords beside the E. But don’t worry. As you progress along, you will figure out everything all by yourself.

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