Some other E major chords

Animated Some other E major chords tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Here we play the E major chord in different places along the fretboard. The nice thing about E chords is that you can easily combine the low and high open E strings as well as notes higher up the fretboard.

The E major chord is just the E, G#, B notes played together. This combination of notes occurs in different places along the fretboard. Here we take a look at the most common places. We've already played the low open E major chord, so let's move up the neck and play out some more.

Notice how the chords all sound very similar (they are the same 3 notes after all)....

1st chord strum in the ActionTab plays through the E major chord notes in the following order (from lowest to highest):

Low E - B - E - B - E - G#

2nd chord strum (from lowest to highest):

Low E - E - G# - B - E - G#

3rd chord strum (from lowest to highest):

Low E - E - B - E - G# - mute the high string*

* this is the easiest way to play this chord, it is common to omit or mute strings in this way when strumming chords, for comfort and speed.

4th chord strum (from lowest to highest):

Low E - G# - B - E - G# - E

5th chord strum (from lowest to highest):

Low E - B - E - G# - B - E

You may recognise some of these chord 'shapes' (arrangements of fingers). For example, the first E major chord in this ActionTab looks a lot like a D chord moved up by 2 frets. And it is. All the chords in this ActionTab are a form of barre chord! Go to the lessons on strumming to learn about barre chords and how they work. (Basically a barre chord is a way of playing through different chords using other chord shapes).

In this ActionTab we move through the following shapes to play the same E major chord:

D shape
C shape
A shape
G shape
E shape

We'll explore the full potential of shifting common chord shapes like this when we look at the CAGED system. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves yet. First we need to look at the most common chords, and their finger positions (shapes)! Go on to the next ActionTab in this chord section after you're done here....and don't worry if you can't play the chords in this ActionTab straightaway - some of them will definitely take practice!

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