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Jack
11-30-2008, 03:28 PM
When playing an E chord, you have to press every string on the 4 fret except for the A string, the highest string. What's a good technique to train your fingers so you can play a good, clean E chord?

ShortCut
11-30-2008, 03:37 PM
All I can say is Practice, Practice, Practice. Though when I get somthing like that, I just take my index, middle, and ring finger, and put one on each string. Seems kinda odd, but it works for me.

grappler
11-30-2008, 03:42 PM
All I can say is Practice, Practice, Practice. Though when I get somthing like that, I just take my index, middle, and ring finger, and put one on each string. Seems kinda odd, but it works for me.

how about the "A" string?


I just use my ring finger and hold down the G, C, E. POinter finger is on the "A" string

ukusaurus
11-30-2008, 03:46 PM
I do exactly what he does and it doesn't give me any problems at all. Ring finger barring the top 3 strings then index on bottom one.

hoosierhiver
11-30-2008, 03:51 PM
When I first started I avoided any songs with E for months.

dinkadink
11-30-2008, 03:54 PM
I cheat. Bar the 4th fret, and pinky finger on A string of 7th fret. I always try to practice the correct fingerings for chords, but that one gave me fits forever, so I searched for an alternative fingering. Works for me. But everyone else is right- practice will do the trick. I took the easy way out. Good luck!

grappler
11-30-2008, 04:03 PM
When I first started I avoided any songs with E for months.

HAHAHA i didnt that aswell! LOL

haole
11-30-2008, 04:15 PM
It takes a contortionist's fingers to play it consistently every time. But the second fret note on the A string is redundant, since you're playing the same exact note at the fourth fret on the G string. So you can get away with muting the A string if it's easier than fretting it and getting it to sound.

salukulady
11-30-2008, 04:16 PM
When I first started I avoided any songs with E for months.
Still avoiding E. If I have to play E, I wrap my thumb around the top of the fret board and use it to press the GCE strings and catch the A with my index finger. If it's a song with an A chord in it sometimes an E7 will work in place of an E.

haole
11-30-2008, 04:21 PM
If you use the 1-2-0-2 E7 chord, why not try 1-4-0-2 as a regular E chord? :D

Rock-A-Hula
11-30-2008, 05:16 PM
I cheat. Bar the 4th fret, and pinky finger on A string of 7th fret. I always try to practice the correct fingerings for chords, but that one gave me fits forever, so I searched for an alternative fingering. Works for me. But everyone else is right- practice will do the trick. I took the easy way out. Good luck!

Excellent plinky-er sounding variation! And it's a slam-dunk stretch -- especially on a soprano! :)

For some applications, I'll bet this voicing is even preferable?!

berylbite
11-30-2008, 06:13 PM
I'll often do a barred C chord on the forth fret, 4447.

ricdoug
11-30-2008, 11:52 PM
how about the "A" string?


I just use my ring finger and hold down the G, C, E. POinter finger is on the "A" string

Yup, just like playing a B on guitar. Ric

HaileISela
12-01-2008, 12:43 AM
Yup, just like playing a B on guitar. Ric

I do it the same way only with middle finger instead of ring... or i do the earlier mentioned 4447...

ichadwick
12-01-2008, 01:01 AM
I like 4447 myself, but it's sometimes a bit shrill.

Of course another answer is to transpose the entire song down a step (two frets) so that annoying E chord becomes a somewhat friendlier D chord. Or two steps to get it to the warm-and-fuzzy C.

Kanaka916
12-01-2008, 02:26 AM
My 2 centavos on this, you may as well learn to play it cleanly. One day, somewhere you might end up jamming with someone who likes playing in E. Wha'cha gonna do then?

CulpRJ
12-02-2008, 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by dinkadink
I cheat. Bar the 4th fret, and pinky finger on A string of 7th fret. I always try to practice the correct fingerings for chords, but that one gave me fits forever, so I searched for an alternative fingering. Works for me. But everyone else is right- practice will do the trick. I took the easy way out. Good luck!

I took a different easy way out. I just wrap my thumb around the top of the neck with the index finger on the A string. I play my D's the same way.

sebi
12-02-2008, 11:02 AM
I cheat exactly like Dinkadink :D and, I keep practicing the 'original' way of playing it, but somehow it just doesn't work (yet) with my fingers.


I cheat. Bar the 4th fret, and pinky finger on A string of 7th fret. I always try to practice the correct fingerings for chords, but that one gave me fits forever, so I searched for an alternative fingering. Works for me. But everyone else is right- practice will do the trick. I took the easy way out. Good luck!

Bassukuguy
12-02-2008, 11:43 AM
what i usually end up doing is actually holding the chord correctly (4442) but basicly i end up always muting the 2 on the A string. this is mostly due to my fingers being fat, and me being lazy but it works out.

Jimmy
12-02-2008, 12:18 PM
My fingers are weird because the tips bend back really easily, and I've been told this is irregular. So I play my Es by playing the 444 with my ring finger and then playing the 2 with my index finger.

I play Ds by doing the same thing with my middle finger.

salukulady
12-02-2008, 05:46 PM
If you use the 1-2-0-2 E7 chord, why not try 1-4-0-2 as a regular E chord? :DWhere ya been Haole....nobody ever shared that with me....muchas gracias! You have solved the dreaded E cord problem for me on uke. Now about the Key of F on guitar........

NotoriousMOK
12-02-2008, 10:17 PM
i've had trouble with this one too, and still do to some extent, but i keep going back to it, and it gets a touch easier each time. you can also barre the top 3 strings and mute the bottom string since it doubles the B anyways.

have fun

Jack
12-04-2008, 05:07 PM
It takes a contortionist's fingers to play it consistently every time. But the second fret note on the A string is redundant, since you're playing the same exact note at the fourth fret on the G string. So you can get away with muting the A string if it's easier than fretting it and getting it to sound.

That's exactly what i do. I'm trying to get the actual chord but its just always muting that A string, so i guess it works well. Same with the D chord, but im just to lazy to bring all my fatty fingers and almost bar the whole second fret. Thanks for the help guys =D

Ukeguy510
12-04-2008, 08:52 PM
Keep practicing and stick with it. I used to have the same problem. Then I practiced the A - F#m - D - E chord progression for a whole three weeks. Now it just comes naturally ;)

GrumpyCoyote
12-05-2008, 11:57 AM
Nothing "cheating" about the 4447 - it's a perfectly valid E chord. For me, 2220 D and the 4442 E sound muddy and kind of odd on a C tuned uke.

So for tone, I prefer 4447 as the E - but I do often sub in E7 in bluesier progressions to mix it up.

As far as tips for 4442, eveyone else siad it best - find a number that uses it in a progression, and play the hell out of it. Keep at it. Your fingers will eventially figure it out and before you realise it, you'll never worry about it again.

Bram
12-05-2008, 12:19 PM
You could try bending your ringfinger the other way for a couple of hours each day, stretch it up a bit, untill it wont touch the A string anymore.

nikolo727
12-05-2008, 06:41 PM
the four P's
1.Practice
2.Getting pishhed off cuz its hard.
3.Patience
4.Persistancynessthing.

Valerie
12-07-2008, 02:50 PM
Well, I can say how I trained my own fingers to get the E chord.

I started off playing a "D" chord with my middle finger on the 4th string, ring on 3rd, pinky on 2nd, and pointer finger above the nut on the 1st string. Since the frets are a bit farther apart there, it's easier to play. I practiced hitting that position over and over and changing chords into that position (especially the B chord to the fake "E" chord--- my fingers always got twisted with that one...)

Once I got that down pretty good I moved my hand position down a step so that I had

A--1 (pointer)
E--3 (pinky)
C--3 (ring)
g--3(middle)

Then practiced moving in and out of that chord shape.

Then I moved it down to the correct position of 2444.

Then I moved it down again until I could play the chord shape easily at 7999- which made the 2444 seem really easy.


Now I can hit the E chord perfectly from any position about 90% of the time (which is about what I am for any chord but Am7 (which I can always get right, tehehe))

tad
12-07-2008, 06:31 PM
The solution to this problem is similar to the solution to all things-- get another ukulele.

And then keep that one in D tuning. When a song with a lot of E chords comes up, just play it on that one.

Of course, if a song has a lot of E's and F's, that won't do as much good... But for your typical A-D-E pop song, it's the easiest solution.q

Jack
12-10-2008, 07:01 PM
the four P's
1.Practice
2.Getting pishhed off cuz its hard.
3.Patience
4.Persistancynessthing.

so true =P

leejeffr
07-16-2009, 06:50 PM
I use my middle finger to catch the G and C strings on the fourth fret
My ring finger to catch the E string on the fourth fret and my index finger to catch the A string on the second fret.

For some reason I don't have the dexterity to make the ring finger hit all three string in the fourth fret without hitting the A string on the fourth fret also. I use the same technic as above to play D, down two frets of course with open A string.

ichadwick
07-17-2009, 07:51 AM
When I first started I avoided any songs with E for months.

Me too. I used to play a lot of blues in E on the guitar. When I got a uke, playing in E was all wonky. So I transposed to A and got pretty much the same thing, just a pitch change.

Because my wrists seem to have aged faster than some other parts of my body, I find any of the D-chord shapes a little more stressful than other shapes. Just an odd bend there that my frame doesn't like to make. I often play them the easier way - 2225 for D and 4447 for E.

clayton56
07-18-2009, 12:16 AM
I cheat. Bar the 4th fret, and pinky finger on A string of 7th fret

that's what I do, too, but another easy one is:

first finger - first fret, fourth string (G#)
middle finger - second fret, first string (B)
ring finger - fourth fret, third string (E)
pinky - fourth fret, second string (G#)

sounds nicer too I think, doubling on the third.

I also like the E7 at the fourth fret position:

barre all strings at the 2nd fret, then:

ring finger - fourth fret, fourth string (B)
pinky - fourth fret, second string (G#)

(D is ringing on the second fret, third string, and B is ringing on second fret, first string)

or another E7:

first finger - first fret, fourth string (G#)
middle finger - second fret, third string (D)
open second string (E)
ring finger - second fret, first string (B)

this last is an easy switch to A7:

first finger - first fret, 3rd string (C#)
all others open

nikolo727
07-18-2009, 06:34 AM
i have very large fingers/hands so i just use the pad of my index finger to bar all three strings haha. I hate it when people complain about their hands being too big, cuz I have huge hands and can play a soprano fine.

anyway on to the advice. Just do whatever you can to make the chord. If it sounds good and clean, there is no wrong way to do it. Thats imo naturally though.