So, let’s get to a little close-up now, and check out our third and final chord for this stage one, which is the E chord.
Well here we are, this is an E chord. I’m holding it down for you right now so you get a bit of a sneak preview. Okay, so what we’re going to do is put our fingers down in the usual order, which is starting with the first finger. And this time, it’s still on the third string but it’s on the first fret. So we kind of have: one, two, three and it’s in the first fret. Pretty easy one, that’s your first finger.
Second finger is going to reach over and it’s going to go on the fifth string at the second fret. You might find that a little bit of a stretch, remember trying to get it up nice and close to the fret if you can, it’s not going to be impossibly close because underneath, third finger has to go. So third finger is going on the fourth string at the second fret. It’s a pretty comfortable chord this one, you shouldn’t find it too difficult. The big deal here is making sure that the fingers are nicely rounded, don’t let them go too flat like this. That’s really not going to help you play this chord well at all. On the tips of your fingers, is really important.
Now as usual, we’re going to go through and we’re going to pick them one at a time. So we’re going to do: strum, pick out each note individually and strum. If you have a look at the neck diagram, or if you remember it from when it was just on the screen a few seconds ago, you’ll notice that on this chord, we actually strum all of the strings.
So, what we’re going to do, we’re going to start off with: strum . . . then we’re going to pick them out one at a time and the first one . . . the thickest string, should be fine.There shouldn’t be any problems there. There’s nothing that can disturb it, really. Second finger, maybe. If you haven’t learned your lesson now about your second finger. Anyway, that second note should also be pretty straight forward. If it’s buzzy . . . like this, means you’re not pressing hard enough or you’re too far away from the fret. Remember, the further away you get from the fret you get, the harder you have to press.
Which is another reason why it’s really, really good to try and get your fingers nice and close to the frets if you can. Okay, now looking at that third finger, should be nice and close, so we should have all of those notes should be pretty simple. Now the next note is the third string, which is the note played by your first finger. Now a lot of people get this and that third finger is dead. Now the usual culprit is the third finger leaning over a little bit too much and resting on that third string. So as long as you curl your fingers nicely and you’re using the fingertips you should be able to get that note OK. And then we’ve got here two open strings.
Now again, if your first finger is lying a little bit flat, you might get that . . . on the second string, so just try and curl that first finger around . . . to let those two strings ring out. Also, remembering that there should be a gap. If I’m just lifting my fingers up there needs to be a gap here, between the bottom of the guitar and the palm of your hand, or the top palm of your hand. If you haven’t, very often you’ll get this the first string won’t be ringing out, because it will actually, underneath the first finger and the second finger there will be touching the thinnest string. So again, make sure you just bring your knuckles forward a little bit, keeps your fingers nice and round. If I look at you like this, you can see the fingers are really round.
That’s the shape of them. It’s not like this, where they’re trying to get the chords all flat. They’re round. There’s an E chord, I’m pulling my hand off, that’s what the shape is. It’s round like you’re holding a ball or something, or a bat. It’s round. But just make sure that the palm of your hand isn’t also touching the back of the neck. That’s also the last thing that could be making your E chord less than perfect.
Now, you’re remembering now that you’ve got three chords: A, D and E. So you’re working on trying to make them sound really nice. And the thing you should be doing is exactly what I’ve talked about a few times now: strum, pick out the notes individually and make sure that the notes sound really good and then when, at the end of that, when you got all of the notes sounding really good and you give it that last strum, mentally tell yourself that that’s actually going to, that’s the way that I want my fingers to go now.
You’re just telling yourself, and it sounds a bit funny and you’re kind of talking to your fingers right, which means you’re a little bit loopy, but it really makes a difference mentally, in that you’re telling your fingers: “That’s how I want you to go from now on”. Little handy hint for you. So, now we’ve got our three chords ready. Now we’re ready for the next part of learning guitar, which is changing between the chords, which everyone has a little bit of fun with. But I’m going to show you a little bit of a trick on how to make it loads easier to change between these first three chords. So, I’ll see you again soon.