5 String Banjo for Beginners - The E Chord

by Jamie Latty

We have two more lessons to go in this series and we have covered a lot of ground. This week, we are focusing on the E chord. 

In the last lesson, your teacher Bob Hamilton (bobhamilton.net) covered the D chord, and also introduced us to the simpler A chord, which is a barre chord. In this weeks lesson, Bob builds on that A chord and introduces the E chord, encouraging you to switch back and forth between the two. This will help you improve on on relaxing before chord changes.

The E chord might look familiar, because its shape is very similar to that of the C chord. Your middle and ring fingers are still on the second fret of the 4th and 1st strings respectively.  The only difference is your first finger is now on the first fret of the 3rd string, instead of the 2nd string. 

Take a look and have fun! 

The E chord

lesson recaps

If you are just discovering these lessons, here is a quick recap and links to the pages. 

Part 1 - Getting Started

Part 2 - Incorporating the C Chord

Part 3 - The F Chord

Part 4. - The D Chord (with A chord bonus!)

Tune in next week and practice hard. We are going to be introducing rolls. 


Deering Rustic Wreath banjo ad
New Call-to-action

Search Blog Post


Nov 18.2020

Chord Building 5-String Banjo Lesson With Hank Smith

In this 5-string banjo lesson, Hank Smith shows you how to build chord forms with extensions. He starts you with a regular G triad and demonstrates how to...

Aug 7.2020

How To Play Groundspeed On Banjo

Learn how tot play the Earl Scruggs classic Ground Speed in this lesson with Hank Smith.

Let us know if this lesson helps you and if you have any questions...

Jul 23.2020

Single String Banjo Lesson With Hank Smith

In this banjo lesson, Hank Smith shows you how to incorporate your middle finger into your single string playing on the 5 string banjo. Single string playing...

Jun 26.2020

5 String Banjo Lesson - Daytripper

In this lesson, Hank Smith teaches you how to play the Beatles tune "Daytripper" on the 5 string banjo. It really works well! Try it out!

Let us know if...

sign up for our newsletter


see all