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Play Guitar: The E Major Chord

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The E Major chord is a great beginner chord since all the strings are strummed when playing this chord. This allows players to focus on the fret board and ensure that their fingering is correct and that they are not accidentally muting open strings.

Time: This lesson should take about 5 minutes, although some additional practice will be required to learn any new chord.

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The E Major chord requires the use of the index, middle and ring fingers. The index finger should be placed on the first fret of the G string. The middle and ring fingers are both on the third fret. The middle finger should be on the A string and the ring finger just below the middle on the D String.

E Major chord on Guitar
The E Major chord map

E Major chord on Guitar
The E Major Chord Formation

Although the E Major chord is used as the basis for many songs, it is just as often used to give a deep emphasis before switching from one part of a song to another. One song that is great for beginners is Black by Pearl Jam. The main melody is E Major and A Major with a complex overlay of lead guitar and bass.

A great example of how the E Major is used for emphasis and melody is Philadelphia by Atlantic Canadian rockers Paper Lions.

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