Lesson DescriptionIn this quick lesson, you'll learn some tricks to help you hold the E Chord on the ukulele. The E chord is definitely one of the most challenging chords to hold on the ukulele and unfortunately, its also a very common chord used in many songs.
The most common way to hold the chord is to have your ring finger bend backwards and hold the top 3 strings on the 4th fret with one finger. For some people, this position is no problem, as their fingers naturally bend that way. Unfortunately for many of us, our fingers just don't bend this way. If you are younger, it is possible to train your fingers over time with stretching to train your finger to bend just enough to clear the strings. For those who are a bit older, if the bend in your finger does not come naturally, you can also hold the chord using all your fingers, with your pointer finger barring the 2nd fret, and the rest of your fingers holding the three strings on the fourth fret. This position is harder to switch in and out of, but if your finger just doesn't bend backwards, this may be the best way to achieve a clean E chord.
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A finger stretching exercise to help your fingers bend correctly to hold the E Chord