Topic 7, Lesson 3
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E Major Chord

Daniel February 13, 2021
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The E Major chord can also be called “E” because something is major unless stated otherwise.

A great way of thinking about this chord is that it’s just as E Minor where we’ve added first fret on the G string. However, you will most likely need to shuffle your fingers around so that you can actually do this.

There are a few good systems to forming this chord, but one that has proven beneficial to students is to start by holding 1st on the G using your index finger. From there, your middle and ring fingers can add an E Minor shape.

A good exercise is to hold your E chord and practice removing the index finger. Then put it back on again. Repeat this process over and over again, so that you become familiar with the location of this note.

You could also practice keeping the index finger on and removing the other two (middle and ring), before replacing them again. Once again, this is rehearsing the system used to form the chord.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what system you use to remember/form chords, as long as you end up with the correct result.

The Video Lesson:

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  • The E Major chord is typically written as just “E”
  • It’s a good idea to start with the index finger and then practice adding the next two
  • Strum every string when playing this chord
  • Our chord diagram is below: