This article in the Mandolin Chords series of theMandolinTuner focuses on E Major.

I will give you eight (!) positions you can play the E chord on the mandolin, so get ready for serious practice.

The E consists of:

  • The root, which for the E chord is of course E
  • The third, which for the E chord is G#
  • The fifth, which for the E chord is B

As with all chords, there are many variants of the E chord for the mandolin. I have included nice-looking photorealistic descriptions of the most common ones.

E major mandolin sheet

I suggest you practice playing them one by one, till you feel comfortable with all positions, as I am convinced you will then have covered 99% of what is needed for the chord. Do you actually need to know all variants presented here? Not really, but as music is really a language, the more variants you know the easier it will be for you to play and express yourself.

The slide-show on the top, can be used for practicing, as you use it to practice a particular position, go to the next or previous chord variant.

Hope you enjoy it!

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