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E Chord for Ukulele

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E Chord Ukulele

The fingering diagram to the left shows how to play the E chord on a ukulele with standard tuning (GCEA). The E chord can be challenging for the new ukulele student. This one will require some practice and a little work. But it is well worth the effort to master this useful chord.

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The E major chord is made up of the notes E, G#, and B. Notice in the fingering diagram to the left that there are two B notes, (4th string 4th fret, and 1st string 2nd fret). Some ukulele players take a shortcut when playing the E chord by simply playing strings 2-4. Technically, this is still a proper E chord, but adding the extra B note, (1st string 2nd fret), adds a surprising amount of depth.

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Every chord has its own characteristic or personality. In his 1784 essay “A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries,” composer Christian Schuber wrote about the quality of different chords. Of the E major chord he wrote, “Noisy shouts of joy, laughing pleasure and not yet complete, full delight lies in E Major.”

Although the E major chord may be difficult to play, it is important to learn. Many popular songs were composed in the key of E major such as “New Kid in Town” by the Eagles, “Soak up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys and many others.

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