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    Default Curious about the George Formby E chord

    I've got a collection of Formby songs with an E chord charted in this way: G#, C#, E, B.

    G-First fret
    C-First fret
    E-Open
    A-Second fret

    I've got long fingers and don't have all that much trouble with the "regular" E, but I'm curious as to why George Formby's E isn't more popular? I don't remember seeing it thrown into the pot of "alternatives to the dreaded E."

    I've only been playing for a few months, so please forgive me if I'm revisiting a tired old theme.

    Thanks!

    Carol Ann
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    Could be that Formby's tuning was A, D, F#, B vs G, C, E, A?

    I form 1102 for my C#m7 (Dm7 pulled back beyond the nut ) for my GCEA-tuned ukes.

    just my 2 cents
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    It's found in Fanlight Fanny, tuned to GCEA, alternating between Dm and his version of E, so it's a fun little switcheroo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    I form 1102 for my C#m7 (Dm7 pulled back beyond the nut ) for my GCEA-tuned ukes.
    It's an E6 chord so won't work in all contexts and as Rod points out, will "read" more like C#m7 since the C# is the low note.
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    I don't think there is a C# in the E Major chord

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    It's an E6 (Dbm7 or C#m7). However, in that E6, the arrangement of the notes makes it a passable substitute for Emajor. Try playing any major chord and then its usual '6', alternately - some sound similar, many sound distinctly different. To my ears, anyway - YEMV.

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    Thanks, everyone! E6. It was bugging me. I tried subbing it in other songs and it sounded off; now I know why.

    Very kind of you to respond!

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    No one mentioned this: that 1102 is Definitely E6, but if you play 1X02, then it is an E major chord. I do this by playing the A string with my ring finger and the G string with my index finger. The trick is to lean the index finger so that it touches the C string (and thereby chokes off its sound) while it is fretting the G string.

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    Thank you! I usually play 4442, as well.

    The more closely I look at the chords in the Formby book, the more it seems the printer frequently used a sort of short hand when naming the chords. The 1102 is labelled E and not E6; it's "E-ish." The chord box showing 0212 is sometimes labelled G instead of G7, so it's" G-ish." Likely written with the assumption that the uke player is more on the ball than I! Fun book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    The problem with that particular muting technique is that the mute contact is so close to the nut that the muting is usually incomplete. When I was trying this, I found it more effective to use an E7 shape (1202) but just rest the middle finger on the 3rd string rather than press down. Changing the muting position to be a little farther from the nut works better.
    That is so a wrong technique to use ubulele. You just don't mute with a fretting finger tip, never ever.

    What ripock told works, yours suck. But that is what most unfortunately do when they read 1X02.

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