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Thread: The E- Chord - Is there an alternative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain-janeway View Post
    I'm still trying to learn ear training, and someone suggested 4402 for an E on my low g uke. I'm trying to learn note breakdown as well, so if I have it right a standard E is made of notes BEG#B? This one would be BEEB. It sounds like an E to my ear. I even threw a tuner on it and it registered as an E.
    Any reason this one wouldn't show as an alternate E chord? You seem to understand theory better, so I just thought I'd ask. Thanks.
    That's a five-chord/power chord. It is lacking the third interval. The third interval is the one which determines if a chord is major or minor. So you have a gender-neutral chord and if it sounds right to you then it is right. Probably in some contexts it might sound a little pale. But the way I look at it: if it is good enough for Black Sabbath and Nirvana, it is good enough for us. Since you're finger picking, it might sound odd without that G#, but you won't know 'til you try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    That's a five-chord/power chord. It is lacking the third interval. The third interval is the one which determines if a chord is major or minor. So you have a gender-neutral chord and if it sounds right to you then it is right. Probably in some contexts it might sound a little pale. But the way I look at it: if it is good enough for Black Sabbath and Nirvana, it is good enough for us. Since you're finger picking, it might sound odd without that G#, but you won't know 'til you try it.
    Thanks riprock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    That's a five-chord/power chord. It is lacking the third interval. The third interval is the one which determines if a chord is major or minor. So you have a gender-neutral chord and if it sounds right to you then it is right. Probably in some contexts it might sound a little pale. But the way I look at it: if it is good enough for Black Sabbath and Nirvana, it is good enough for us. Since you're finger picking, it might sound odd without that G#, but you won't know 'til you try it.
    You're right. It does sound a little off while fingerpicking. For strumming it feels SO much better. It's that wretched bent index finger that's messing up placement for a standard. Oh well I'll keep at it.
    I'm trying to see if I can work it doing axx for the 4th fret (x=pinky). It might give me a smidge more room up to second fret

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