How to Play an E Chord on the Guitar

Free Lesson and E Chord Diagram

This picture and chord diagram shows how easy it is to play an E chord on the guitar. Beginners can take the E guitar chord diagram and use it in combination with the photo in this lesson to see exactly how to make an E major guitar chord.

Easy Guitar Guy's E Major guitar chord diagram

The E major guitar chord diagram should be clear enough but if it's not here's an actual picture of your truly's fingers on the neck of the guitar making the chord.

Guitar player showing how to make an E chord on the guitar

For those of you who respond better to the written word, here are instructions on where to place your fingers that will tell you how to make an E chord on the guitar in three easy steps.

To play the E guitar chord place your:

  1. 1st finger (index finger) on the 3rd string in the first fret.
  2. 2nd finger (middle finger) on the 5th string in the second fret
  3. 3rd finger (ring finger) on the 4th string in the second fret

How to Strum the Guitar When Making an E Chord

You will strum all 6 strings of the guitar when making an E guitar chord.

It may feel awkward at first and your fingers may get a little sore but before you know it you'll have callouses on your fingertips and their position on the guitar will be second nature.

When you get really good at making the E chord, consider learning the A chord next.

Once you get this one (and the A and the D chord) out of the way we can start playing some songs and having some fun.

The three E chords are known to be the easiest of all the beginner chords and since we will be using E major in our A, D, E chord progression as quickly as possible in Easy Guitar Guy's Free Guitar Lessons, let's practice like crazy and learn how to play an E chord on the guitar.