How to Play an E Major Chord on a Guitar

How to Play an E Major Chord on a Guitar

E-Major is a very useful guitar chord to know and one of the easiest to learn. It’s an open chord played on the guitar’s first two frets. “Open” means that one or more strings are left un-pressed. With E-Major and a few more of the basics in your back pocket you’ll be able to play many of the old classic guitar tunes.

Steps

1. First you need to know the strings. There are six of them. They are numbered from the bottom to the top, with the thinnest one being the first string. Each string has a corresponding letter or note. See below. You can remember them by this short saying, frequently taught by American guitar teachers. “Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie.”
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  • String 1 – E (Eddie)
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  • String 2 – B (bye)
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  • String 3 – G (good)
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  • String 4 – D (dynamite)
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  • String 5 – A (ate)
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  • String 6 – E (Eddie)

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2. Put your pointer on the third string on the first fret.

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3. Put your middle finger on the fifth string on the second fret.

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4. Put your ring finger on the fourth string on the second fret.

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