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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarmo_S View Post
    I glanced this thread briefly and maybe saw once 1x02 mentioned. So I think this deserves another post.

    It is an E chord and done with just 2 fingers. First finger damps also the 3rd C-string. First A-string is most naturally pressed with the third finger and also then the middle finger is ready to press down to get get E7, 1202, when needed.
    Ohh I just noticed this from 2 years ago and thank you!! It's preventing me from doing contortions across my fretboard. Little hands with one angled finger make fretting a challenge. Learning an instrument at 60 is a challenge anyway.

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    Barred E explained nicely in this video at 4"40
    https://youtu.be/G5N198Kbd4U
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    im confused as my E is (1402) is it just me that plays it this way or am i playing something else

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    Yes, Saprono1 -- if you read the whole thread (a big job!), you'll see that 1402 is another way to play E.

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    Yes, Bill1, 1x02 is a great alternative.

    To make it more clear for us beginners, one way to do it is to play a regular E7 chord shape (1202), but lift the middle finger on the C-string just enough to mute the string. Voila! An E chord! It has a deep, rich sound. Compare it to 4442 and 4447 and see (or rather, hear).

    I think Mercury's post on page 16 of this thread was the first to suggest the 1x02 shape. He explains why it works:



    The power of the muted string. This Chord is known as: E5/G♯ (1-x-0-2). Given Notes are the same as E major: G♯, E, B. Sounds a bit lower and fuller than the traditional 1st position E major (4-4-4-2) and WAY easier to play, which is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywalker View Post
    Yes, Bill1, 1x02 is a great alternative.

    To make it more clear for us beginners, one way to do it is to play a regular E7 chord shape (1202), but lift the middle finger on the C-string just enough to mute the string. Voila! An E chord! It has a deep, rich sound. Compare it to 4442 and 4447 and see (or rather, hear).

    I think Mercury's post on page 16 of this thread was the first to suggest the 1x02 shape. He explains why it works:

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    The power of the muted string. This Chord is known as: E5/G♯ (1-x-0-2). Given Notes are the same as E major: G♯, E, B. Sounds a bit lower and fuller than the traditional 1st position E major (4-4-4-2) and WAY easier to play, which is a good thing.
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    This is how I play it. To me it sounds the same, though I don't have a trained ear. Works for how my tiny fingers do (and don't) bend.

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    i like 4447, it gets you used to barring
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    I don't know if this was already mentioned. I am a 12 week beginner so take any advice with a pinch of salt.

    The easiest way for me to get to play the Chord E. Learn to play D by barring strings G and C with your middle finger and the ring finger on string E (second fret).

    Then simply slide down to the fourth fret and plonk your index on the A string second fret. D to E becomes a doddle pretty quickly after that. I just need to find some songs with that progression.

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    With a re-entrant tune uke, we often have the same note in the same octave played for some chords. One of these notes isn't missed much, if at all, if that string is muted.

    That's why we can play 444X instead of 4442 (The B is duplicated on the 4th and 1st string) or 1X02 instead of 1402 (The E is duplicated on the 2nd and 3rd strings).
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