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    Arrow The E- Chord - Is there an alternative?

    I've searched under E-chord...can't find what I'm looking for.

    I guess I'm like most newbies - the E-chord (along with several others needing four fingers) is the chord from hell in terms of finger placement. I'm also pretty certain that short of growing a third hand, I'm not likely to ever get the contortions right!

    So My questions are:

    1. Is there a harmonic alternative to the E chord? ie what could I get a way with at a push!??

    2. Any sneaky tips on finger positions?

    3. Suggestions for painless amputations?

    Thanks

    3-fingered Bill

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    Shucks ...got my first callous forming....so proud!! It's like a first born! (OK I know ...that's a bit OTT - but you know what I mean!)

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    I wrote a post about it here:

    10 Ways to Play and E Chord on the Ukulele

    A useful substitution for E is E7, but it only works in certain keys: like A.

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    Thanks for that ! Much appreciated

    I'l play around and see if I can get a tuneful note without pain

    thanks again

    Bill

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    Thumb positioning can help a lot on some of those chords.

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    Just practice. Really. Use your index finger on the A string and barre G, C and E with your ring finger. You'll be glad you can do it. You won't be able to avoid the chord forever -- might as well learn it.

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    sukie is right. I hated the E chord when I first started, but I just kept putting my index finger on the A string and barring the top 3 with my ring finger (you'll have to make sure it bends back enough as to not mute the A string). Just pick a song with an E chord in it, and practice over and over and over... it is the only way you will get better.
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    Or do what I do..

    Transpose the song to avoid the E chord all together
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    i use my thumb and put it on the fourth fret (top 3 strings) and then index finger on bottom a string (second fret)

    i also use my thumb for d

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    This is one of those things where being face to face with someone who know's how to do it can be invaluable. When I play an E, I use the second method of Woodshed's 10 methods. The trick is the fret hand position. I'm not sure exactly how to describe this but when I play it, I find it waaaaay easier if my fingers are pointing more towards the body of the uke and less towards the top of the neck.

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    Default nks for all the advice.....

    Just a quickie to thank those that volunteered some ideas and help.

    I'm getting better. Not good - but no longer utter crap at finding a clean e-chord - though the C/E strings being cleanly fretted is totally random. Next challenges are play it cleanly and to find it without looking.

    Should have it mastered within the next 5 years!!!!

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