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. 


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