How to Play the E Chord on the Guitar

Playing Guitar is real fun!

How is your progress so far? Are you finding it fun to play the guitar? When I was learning this skill, it was so interesting that I couldn’t even sleep at night. Many times I used to wake up at night to play my guitar!

Now Let’s get into business!Today I’d like us to learn how to play Key E Major.

how to Play the E Major Chord on the Guitar

How-to-play-key-e-major

Key E has got three accompanying keys i.e. E-A-B7. As it is normal with most keys, it all depends on the type of song you are playing. Some songs will follow this pattern while others will not. As I mentioned before, some songs will incorporate minor keys while others will not. If you are playing the Western tunes, you will require minor keys. African tunes require the major keys patterns with an exception of just a few.

Key E Major

To play this, you hold string 5, with finger number 2 on fret 2; string 4, with finger number 3 on fret 2 and string 3, with finger number 1 on fret 1.

How-to-play-key-e-major

This Key is one of the most harmonious keys you will enjoy playing.

Key A Major

How-to-play-key-a-major

This is one of the easiest keys to play and produces a very appealing tone. How do we play Key A Major? There are THREE ways of playing this key:

Hold string 4 with finger number 1 on fret 2; string 3, with finger number 2 on fret 2 and string 2, with finger number 3 on fret 2.

The second way is to hold string 4, with finger number 2 on fret 2; string 3, with finger number 3 on fret 2; and then string 2, with finger number 4 on fret 2. When I’m playing a song on key E major, I find this second way easier and convenient. See the diagram below

Key-a-as-you-play-e-chord

The third way which I don’t recommend is by holding all the three strings across with one finger 1, 2 or 3. It all depends on you which finger you feel comfortable to us.

Key B7

How-to-play-key-b7

This Key looks a little bit complicated on diagrams and even when playing but it is not supposed to be. To play this key, you hold string 5, with finger number 2 on fret 2; string 4 with finger number 1 on fret 1; string 3, with finger number 3 on fret 2 and finally string 1, with finger number 4 on fret 2. See the diagram.

How-to-play-key-b7

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below and I will be more than happy to get back to you.