1/25/23

Video: The 'REAL' Easy E Chord for the Ukulele (and an easy B7 too)


This is it! The real easy E chord...

Video: The 'REAL' Easy E Chord for  Ukulele
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For this chord trick we mute a note within the chord. In my book "Ukulele Chord Tricks: Simplify Any Chord" this is one of the many tricks I teach.  It's important to understand that muting a note within the chord is something that musicians do all the time and in all styles of music.
 

What follows is for those that have seen that video and have questions or would like more information on what I'm doing - chords used etc...


Here's exactly how I'm doing it (muting the note in the easy E)


There are quite a few different ways to do this (more in my "Ukulele Chord Tricks: Simplify Any Chord" book) - for the Easy E chord you simply fret the note on the 4th string with you 1st finger and then gently touch the 3rd string with that finger (while fretting the 4th string) to mute it.

Do you remember when you first learned chords and you accidentally touched an adjacent string (with a finger you were using to fret another string) and muted it? It was an accident then and caused notes in the chord to become muted - here we do it on purpose!


The chord progressions & chords


The chord progression is a very basic one a I - IV - I - V7 (E - A  - E - B7).

In the first part of the progression in the video I strum the chords using the easy E (which is shown in the video), and regular chords - I use a typical A and a typical  B7 chord, the B7 is a barre chord. 

In the second part of the chord progression (where I play the arpeggios) I revert to three note chords, and arpeggios for use with three note chords are used - I have a section on arpeggios for three note chords in my "Ukulele Chord Tricks: Simplify Any Chord" book, with many examples.

Here are the three note chord I use:

Video: The 'REAL' Easy E Chord for  Ukulele

X = not played or muted if need be (typically means muted - but there's no need to mute the note if we're playing arpeggios - you would need to mute it to strum chords).

You'll notice the B7 is a very unique chord this is something I also teach in my "Ukulele Chord Tricks: Simplify Any Chord" book in a section called "goodbye Barre chords." I help you to understand and create chords like this in the book... This is a B7 without a root note.

No need to actually mute the notes in the second part of the progression because I'm playing arpeggios.

I do teach in my "Ukulele Chord Tricks: Simplify Any Chord" book different ways to mute notes so that you can easily mute any note in any chord. I the video you need only know how to do it for the easy E.

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Video: The 'REAL' Easy E Chord for  Ukulele

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2 comments:

  1. Flip the video so it isn’t mirrored, and have far less titles. Most of the video should be content not titles.

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    1. Thanks, this was kind of an experiment - certainly different than many other video's. I'd like to hear what others think...

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