E Chord Anchors & Tricks

You're probably struggling a bit with learning chords. But only when you start learning songs is that you realize that changing between chords is the real challenge! This lesson will help you make faster chord changes.

If you’re following my Beginner Course, you already know how to play the A, D, and E chords. You can get through some songs, but the anchor finger trick will help you switch between chords smother and sound better!

In this lesson, we'll revisit the trick we used to change between the D and A chords - expanding it to include the E chord too! Being able to change chords on time will make playing songs much more fun.

 

The Anchor To Guide Your Way

We'll use your 1st finger ‘anchor’ to help you move between your chords smoothly and quickly. Keeping your 1st finger on the 3rd string will help guide all of your other fingers into the next position when you change chords. You don’t necessarily need to keep the pressure down for now, but just be sure to leave it in contact with the string at all times.

 

Changing between E and A

Start with your fingers in place for an E chord.

  1. While leaving your 1st finger in place, lift your 2nd and 3rd fingers.

  2. Slide the 1st finger forward one fret, from the 1st fret to the 2nd.

  3. Place your 2nd and 3rd fingers down in the correct positions to form your A chord.

After a few times changing between the two chords, I’m sure you’ll find that using that 1st finger as an anchor helps to make it easier.

 

Changing between E and D

When changing between the E and D chords, the 1st finger will move between the 1st and 2nd frets. The process is almost the same as when you're changing between E to A!

  1. While leaving your 1st finger in place, lift your 2nd and 3rd fingers. 

  2. Slide the 1st finger forward one fret, from the 1st fret to the 2nd. 

  3. Place your 2nd and 3rd fingers down in the correct positions to form your D chord.

 

Move Faster Between Chords!

Remember to keep your 1st finger in contact with the string when you change between the A, D, and E chords.

Don't press hard, but don’t lift your finger from the string. When going from D to A, you can keep your finger down but release the pressure to avoid finger pain! :)

As a new player, you can - and will - make mistakes. Be patient and enjoy the journey! If you have any questions, drop a comment below! My official guides and I are here to help you rock your guitar journey. :)

Module 2: The E Gunn

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