1-7 Simple E Major Chord

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The simple E Major chord might feel familiar to play. It’s very similar to the C chord. You only use one finger to play it, just on a different string.

If you have any muted strings, try changing the angle of your fretting finger a little.

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I just joined this course… AFTER starting to learn guitar from scratch more than 2 years ago with several online cources. My learning, practice and enjoyment came to a CRASHING, BURNOUT, SCREACHING Hault about 6 months ago ON THIS VERY POINT! I, in spite of working diligently, could not overcome the hurdle of chord switching with multiple finger chords. I’m sure I was making other mistakes but that definitely was the biggie. A week or so ago I finally decided to try one more time. With this course before I knew the methodology of starting with the “simple” Chords. Amazing! I am progressing again, overcoming past hurdles, at what now seems obviously the better way. I am now stopping at my guitar several times a day to practice these much more achievable steps. Thanks Tomas! I have hope again. Fun! Tom Sippl, age 77.

Tomas (Administrator) July 6, 2022 at 5:38 pm

I’m so glad to hear this Tom. You made my day 🙂 Thank you for being will to be a beginner and take it a step at a time.

Tomas (Administrator) May 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm

You’ve inspired me to make a short video around this subject Shivanshu. I’ve included it as an introduction to the 1st Adventure. You can watch it here: https://www.realguitarsuccess.com/courses/beginners-journey-1st-adventure/

Hi Tomas,

Hope you’re doing well. Very excited to be your student and learn guitar without bashing my head with it out of frustration 😀

I just have a quick question. Shouldn’t we be playing E major chord with its root string i.e.. using your second and third fingers too on 5th and 4th string respectively and hitting the root string too.

I’m a beginner, but I learnt a few chords off the internet before I subscribed to your course. Got the same confusion about A minor chord too, and using just one finger.

Best wishes,
Shivanshu

Tomas (Administrator) May 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Hi Shivanshu… Welcome… and thanks for asking a question.
I’m actually surprised no one has asked that question before. The forms of chords you’re describing are a common way to form those chords. So here are a few points I think will help you…

1) There are many ways to form all of the chords. It’s common for beginners to learn a chord one way and feel confused when they see somebody play differently.

It’s best to just let go of thinking there is one Right Way to play a chord. You’ll see as you go through the course there are different fingerings, different places on the neck, and different reasons to play a chord in one way or another.

2) In this case I’m using a simple way to play these initial chords. And there’s a very good reason for it. In short it’s because I want you to focus on getting good sounding notes and moving from one to the other without a lot of tension. This decision has come after many years of experience teaching guitar.

It really will make more sense as you progress through the course. We’ll get into the chords you described as well as many more in the 3rd Adventure (and more in the 4th and 5th). In the meantime you’ll learn some foundation techniques that will make it much easier when you get there.

3) If you have been playing a little while you might think that the 1st and 2nd Adventures are fairly simple. I want to encourage you to the best of your ability to go through them and give enough time to each of the exercises and songs. I promise it will pay off later.

I’ve not only spent many years teaching students privately but I’ve also created many online guitar systems before this one. The Beginner’s Journey takes into account where I’ve found students fall down early on. I’ve created a system to maximize the chances of success. The trade-off is that things are broken down into small steps and can take a little bit of patience. Again, it will be worth it.

Hello Tomas,

Thank you very much for such a detailed explanation and clearing all my doubts. Looking forward to the journey with you. I know it’ll be amazing.

Thank you,

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