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Chords in the Key of E, Part 1: How to play E, A, B, and C#m

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In this lesson, I go over the standard voicings that I use to play E, A, B, and C#m. If you are brand new to playing guitar, check out my first lesson where I go over how to read chord diagrams, how to hold a guitar, and how to play your first chord.

Chord Diagrams


E Chord

In this lesson, this is pretty much the only voicing of the E chord.

A Chord

For A, using three fingers is the way to play a standard A major chord, but if you let the B string ring open, it’s an A2 (the 2nd diagram). I actually prefer the A2 in many situations because it has more of an open, natural sound.

B Chord

This open variation of B is the way I typically play the chord. It’s a bit like playing a power chord.

These variations of B will also work. The 2nd and 3rd diagrams represent how to play B as a barre chord, and the final diagram is the standard B major chord.

C#m Chord

This is the way I play C#m almost every time I play the chord. It’s just like the open B chord, but moved up the fretboard two frets. You can also use one of the following variations:

Songs using these chords

2 Responses to Chords in the Key of E, Part 1: How to play E, A, B, and C#m

  1. Brian Domer Jun 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Brian… Can you please put together a tutorial for “Thank YOu God for Saving Me” by Chris Tomlin & Phil Wickham. I have the music in the key of F for key board (Guitar Key of E capo 1). Youa re great at teaching and making everything come together so easily. Thanks!
    Brian

  2. Michael Albert Dec 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Hey Brian, I am a beginner with guitar and am working on the song Buried in the Grave by All Sons and Daughters. I am not asking for you to do a tutorial on in, however I don’t want to discourage you on it either ;) I am wanting to ask you about the B Chord. In this song I have been trying to use the bar chord that you said was the hardest variation to play(224442) and needless to say it has been very difficult for me. I just saw this tutorial and tried out your B chord variations and am not sure that they are sounding right in this song. Is there a variation of the B chord that will fit into this song, but is easier to play than that bar chord? Thanks!!!!

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