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Options for playing an E Major chord

Thursday, 26th February, 2015


There are plenty of videos on YouTube pointing out how its so much easier to play an F chord on a ukulele than it is on a guitar. Its only when you try and play an E chord on a ukulele that you realise how the easiest of guitar chords is not so simple on the ukulele!

There is only really one option for playing an open E Major chord on a ukulele and its not that popular. All other options involve playing various other chord shapes as a bar chord. Here are your options...

E

Based on an Em chord, this is really the only option if you want to play E as an open chord.

Difficulty level: 3 / 5


E

If you have played guitar, you might be more used to using your thumb and so this is a useful alternative fingering.

Difficulty level: 4 / 5


E

This is probably the most common way of playing E using a D shape moved to the 2nd fret.

Difficulty level: 2 / 5


E

You can also use your 3rd finger as a mini bar at the 4th fret using the D shape. The 1st finger forms a full bar even though its not necessary as it makes the mini bar with the 3rd finger easier. This can be quite tricky for most people as you have to make sure you don't catch the 1st string. It is however worth persevering with this technique as it can be very useful in many situations.

Difficulty level: 3 / 5


E

Probably the easiest way to play E is using a C shape moved to the 4th fret. It only uses two fingers and has the added advantage of giving your little finger a workout!

Difficulty level: 1 / 5


Finally, and as a last resort, if you can't manage any of the shapes above, you can play either an E5 chord or an E7 chord. Its certainly not the same as playing E but it is better than playing Em or not playing a chord at all!


E5

The E5 chord is neither a major or minor chord and can be played with other players playing either E or Em.

Difficulty level: 2 / 5


E7

The E7 chord will be more noticeable when other players are playing E but you might just about get away with it :)

Difficulty level: 1 / 5







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