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Lesson 13: Chords in the key of E (E, A, B, and C#m)

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This lesson builds on the ones before it, so if you haven’t covered posture, string/finger names, and the previous chord lessons, make sure to master those lessons before this one.

Our chords for today are E, A, B, and C#m. We’ve already covered E and A in previous lessons, so the main focus of this lesson will be the B and C#m chords.

The E Major Chord


The A Major Chord


Another way I like to play A in this key is what I call an A2 – it looks like this:


You can use any two fingers you’d like to play the chord. If you use your 3rd and 4th finger, it will allow you to slide up to the B and C#m chords more easily.

The B Major chord


This is an easy way to play a B major chord. I sometimes refer to it as an ‘open’ sounding version because the high B and E strings ring out.

The C#m chord


The C#m is one of the hardest chords in our Beginner Guitar Course. This is an easier variation of the chord than the full barre chord version.

A note about moving between chords

One thing to note about these chords is how easily it can be to move between them. If you play the A2 chord using your 3rd and 4th fingers, you will notice that for the A, B, and C#m chords, you’re 3rd and 4th fingers are always on the D and G strings, so you can just slide them up and down.

Full-Page Chord Downloads

E Chord A Chord A2 Chord B Chord C#m Chord



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