This is the easiest ukulele E chord.
Which is not to say that it's easy.
But by comparison, this is the easiest E chord on the ukulele. 🙂
You're either going to love this or hate this.
Because this method of making E chord on ukulele:
- is fast to get to
- is simpler to make
- works for D chord and E-flat, too
- sounds as good as any other version
So what's to hate?
Well, there's the burning anger you might feel at having done it the hard way all this time.
And, I'll admit, some people look down on this method as a “cheat.”
And that just makes me like it even more…
May I present: the best and/or easiest ukulele E chord.
Last time I made this argument:
I already taught you (in how play E on the uke, here) to play the chord with a barre—that is, one finger across the strings. (VERY important).
The trouble is that it’s really hard to barre strings 4, 3, 2, and NOT accidentally close off string 1 as well.
So if you shouldn’t close off string one accidentally…
What if we closed it off on purpose?
Today we'll close off string 1 on purpose–but differently.
Stick with me now.
When you play an E “by the book” (4442, frets ceiling to floor), strings 4 and 1 actually play the same note (a G, if you're curious).
And…string 1 is what makes the chord so hard to form.
And…if string duplicates the note of string 4…
(you see where we're going, don't you!)
What if…we eliminate string 1?
We've still got the other three strings ringing out, playing the same notes you'd have. But we eliminate the trouble spot.
Here's how to do it:
We're going to stick with the barre–one finger across all four strings at fret 4.
Now remember: you can't barre string 1 or it stops being an E chord! You can do a very tricky dip with your barre finger to allow string one to ring out (where you've used another finger to cover fret 2) — yikes!
Or you can do yesterday's trick and add string one, fret 7.
But with a little practice you can
- barre at string 4 (all four strings)
- think of your finger as a rigid, um, bar
- tilt that bar, just a tiny bit so that pressure is eased off string 1. NOT RELEASED–just eased.
- goal is a muted string 1, while the other strings ring out loud and proud
- AND THAT'S IT!
That's another reason you might be angry…
Conceptually it's just so EASY.
But it still takes some practice to get it.
But believe me it's worth it. For all the reasons stated above, plus a few others that will become apparent as you advance your other ukulele skills.
A final word about this easiest ukulele E chord:
Yes, this is the method I use 90% of the time.
But all the other shapes and methods have their place and time, too.
It's worth learning them all and having them at your beck and call.
But for speed and efficiency without sacrificing sound quality, Danno's Patented E-Chords is the way to go!
For more (lots more!) help and info on Ukulele Chords, jump over to my Ukulele Chords overview page.