The E Guitar Chord




Now it's time to learn the E guitar chord. Once you learn this chord, you will be able to play thousands more songs, because the A, D, and E chords are the major chords in the Key of A. The E chord evokes a serious feeling, because of that, it's used a lot in blues, rock, and some country music.

The chord diagram on the left is for right handed players, and, the diagram on the right is for left handed guitarists.



Notice that the E guitar chord uses all six strings. Place your fingers as shown in the diagram.

Play the chord slowly, and make the necessary adjustments of your fingers, until you get a clear sound. Strum downwards and upwards.

Switch between the E and A chords until it becomes fairly easy. Now switch back and forth between E and D.

Have some fun now by lifting various fingers off the strings while playing the E chord. Make it musical. Get a feel for the E chord and create some music of your own.

The A, D, and E chords are the major chords in the key of A. That means most songs that use these three chords start with A, and the A chord is played more often than the D and E.

Try playing the E chord using your second, third, and fourth fingers instead of the first three. This ability will come in handy for the next chord, and bar chords.

A few songs that are in the Key of A(there are thousands more) are:

  • Wild Thing
  • Mustang Sally
  • Summertime Blues
  • Tutti Fruity
  • American Idiot
  • All Shook Up
  • There's a Tear in My Beer


Find a copy of one of these songs and try playing along. Relax and have fun! If you never heard of these songs ask your parents, or grandparents! There is only one more major chord to learn, after that they get easier. Let's move ahead to the F chord:


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