Our new chord that we are going to learn in our second guitar lesson is called E major. As a reminder, remember to learn the names of the chords, not only the shapes. It will save you a lot of time in the future.
The great thing about the E major chord, is that it is identical to the A minor chord. We just move all our fingers up one string (check the chord diagram.
The transition between the chords is quite difficult if you are a beginner. One way to make this transition smoother is to divide it into two motions. Firstly, move your second and third fingers up and then the first finger. It can smoothen the transition slightly.
If you listen closely to these two chords, Am and E, you will hear the first two chords form the famous “Hotel California” song. So remember, chords are the building blocks of songs, this is why we need to learn them.
When it comes to your strumming hand make sure it is relaxed. The motion, as explained in the video, comes from the elbow.
Towards the end of the video lesson, I also explain whether it is better to start with an acoustic or electric guitar.
Here are some quick links that will complement your second guitar lesson:
- How to buy a guitar
- How to hold a guitar pick
- How to tune up the guitar
- How to memorise names of the guitar strings
- How to avoid muting the strings