The E major chord on guitar is one of the first, and most important, chords to learn.
Here’s how to get started:
You can see, you just need three fingers, and you’ll be playing all six strings:
How to play a E Major chord on the guitar
The most common progression you’ll likely see with E Major is going from E, to A, to B, or I, IV, V.
Adding in the minor six chord (C#m), you have the classic
I V iv IV pattern:
Beast of Burden, by The Rolling Stones is a great example:
As is Mean, by Taylor Swift:
If you’re playing E Major, you should make sure you know two other key chords to play alongside it—A, and B7:
And don’t miss our easy videos that teach you how to play C# minor—another chord you’ll find handy with these three: