1. Intro to Open Chords – E Major (BC-106)

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E:1[E Major]

Chord Spelling: E – G# – B
Scale Intervals: 1 – 3 – 5
Name Variations: E – E Major – Emaj

The E major chord is made up of the notes E, G# and B. The chord diagram shows the E major chord in the open position of the guitar. All six strings are strummed when we play E major in the open position.

To play the chord, place your middle finger on the second fret of the A string – this is the B note. As before, the notes of the chord are coloured in orange; the grey notes show us how to count up to our target note and are not played in the chord.

fretboard option width=825 option height=240 show fret=1 string=5 text=A# fill-color=#cccccc show fret=2 string=5 text=B fill-color=#dd9933

Next, place your third (ring) finger on the second fret of the D string to play the E note:

fretboard option width=825 option height=240 show fret=2 string=5 text=B fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=1 string=4 text=D# fill-color=#cccccc show fret=2 string=4 text=E fill-color=#dd9933

Finally, place your first (index) finger on the first fret of the G string to play the G#.

fretboard option width=825 option height=240 show fret=2 string=5 text=B fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=2 string=4 text=E fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=1 string=3 text=G# fill-color=#dd9933

All six strings are strummed when we play the E major chord, so our final shape looks like this:

fretboard option width=825 option height=240 show fret=0 string=6 text=E fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=2 string=5 text=B fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=2 string=4 text=E fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=1 string=3 text=G# fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=0 string=2 text=B fill-color=#dd9933 show fret=0 string=1 text=E fill-color=#dd9933

The image below shows how to play the E major chord:

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