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    So I just ran into a song with the E chord, and man I realized how difficult it is to play. Anyone have any tricks to playing the E chord? Or maybe something further down the frets that would be easier to hold?
    Mahalos.

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    E Chord.....
    Hate it, can't play it, won't play it.....
    I had hand/finger surgery that won't let me...

    I use the normal E7 or Em in place of it depending on the song but mostly the E7.
    Ukulele, the most fun I've had being bad at something!!!

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    ah much mahalos cpatch...I like the 4th picture over...so basically just barre the 4th fret and pinky on 7th fret a string...WOOT! I can't wait to get home to try it. I knew playing C& K was much easier on guitar. lol

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    There are a number of ways you can do it.

    You can barre the G, C, and E string with your ring finger and fret the A string with your index finger.



    You can use the middle finger for the G string, the ring finger for the C string, and the pinky finger for the E string, while fretting the A string with your index finger.



    If you're playing a normal re-entrant uke (not like the one pictured), the note that's being played on the G and A strings are the same note, so you can get away without playing the A string. Just use whatever finger you want to fret the G, C, and E strings, taking care to mute the A string. Pressing down with only the pad of your finger helps.



    A user here takes his thumb and wraps it over the top of the fret board to play his E chord. Whatever works.


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    thanks Seeso...I have been doing it the way you show in your first picture, and it works ok...but it's a bear to switch into and out of. I think I'm gonna try the 4th fret barre and 7th fret "A" string. Mahalos for your kokua with the pictures though.

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    along with seeso's first picture, i bar the whole 2nd fret and then use my ring finger to play those 3 strings

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    I do it the same way. I found this way worked the easiest for me.

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    Thanks for acknowledgment seeso.
    I met a girl several days ago that uses her thumb also
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    Thanks Seeso, probably never would have considered barre with the thumb. Have been substituting 4447 and 9877 E chord form. Need to face up to the dreaded E chord form 4442.

    Lack ring finger first digit flex to barre GCE, the pinkyringmiddle on the GCE when I play this "1st position" E always sounds poor. Thumb barre does require a bit of contortions at this point. Hopefully things will smooth out and become "natural".
    Noel V.

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