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Greetings, fervent guitar enthusiasts! At Simply Guitar, we’re committed to lighting up your musical pathway. Today, our spotlight shines on the enchanting E7 chord played in open position. Rich in texture and a touch of bluesy flair, the E7 is a chord you’ll want to familiarise yourself with. Let’s embark on this melodious journey!

What is the E7 Chord?

The E7, or E dominant 7th chord, evokes a sense of yearning, with just a hint of tension that resolves beautifully in music. It is built upon the notes E, G♯, B, and D.

How to Play the E7 Chord in Open Position:

  1. Position your index finger on the 1st fret of the G (3rd) string, allowing the G♯ note to sing.
  2. Your middle finger finds its place on the 2nd fret of the A (5th) string, producing the B note.
  3. Let the E (6th), D (4th), B (2nd), and high E (1st) strings resonate openly.
  4. Strum across all six strings for a full E7 sound.

Expert Tips for Crisp Sound:

  • Ensure a firm fingertip press on the frets, but avoid excessive force which can strain your hand.
  • Ensure your fingers are arched nicely, preventing them from accidentally muting the nearby strings.
  • As with all chords, repetition is the mother of skill. Regular practice breeds familiarity and ease.

Expand Your Guitar Horizons:

Eager to explore how the E7 chord can seamlessly fit into various song progressions? Journey through Simply Guitar’s comprehensive lesson library for enlightening tutorials. For a deeper dive and personal touch, don’t hesitate to secure a spot in our private sessions at Simply Guitar lessons.

Wrapping Up:

With its rich harmonic undertones, the E7 chord can be the secret sauce to spice up your musical repertoire. Every chord holds its own story, and at Simply Guitar, we’re dedicated to helping you narrate each one beautifully. Until our next musical rendezvous, happy playing!

This lesson is from the Pick Up The Guitar: Beginners course at Simply Guitar

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