E Flat Guitar Chord For Beginners

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In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 4 super-simple ways to play the E flat guitar chord.
  • 3 quick & easy ways to boost your guitar progress.
  • How to play the perfect barre chord.

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What’s E Flat Guitar Chord?

An E flat guitar chord is a major chord in the key of E flat.

In music, we don’t write the word ‘flat’ when we talk about flat keys.We use a shortcut and write a lowercase ‘b’ instead.

An E flat chord would become: ‘The Eb Chord’.

If the word minor, or a lower case ‘m’ isn’t after the chord, this ALWAYS means that the chord is major.

Here are a few examples of how a major chord could be written:

  • Eb Major Chord.
  • Eb Chord.
  • E Flat Guitar Chord.

To make things easy, in this lesson we’re going to refer the Eb chord as the ‘E Flat Guitar Chord’.

How do I play a E Flat Guitar Chord?

Here are two of the most popular ways to play a E flat guitar chord.

  • E Flat Guitar Chord. (E Shape Barre Chord.)
  • E Flat Guitar Chord. (A Shape Barre Chord.)

As BOTH of these chords use barring technique, you must know how to barre chords. Watch this video to learn how:

E Flat Guitar Chord (E Shape Barre Chord)

We refer to this chord as the ‘E shape barre chord’ because the heart of this chord is based on an ‘E major chord’.

Learn how to play an E major chord here: How To Play An E Chord

If you can’t play this chord right away, don’t worry. Barre chords are difficult.

Eb Chord

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

  • Find the 11th fret. Barre your first finger across all of the strings on the 11th.
  • Find the 13th fret on the A string. (5th string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 13th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 12th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.

E Flat Guitar Chord (A Shape Barre Chord)

We refer to this Eb chord as the ‘A shape’ because it is based on an A major chord.

Learn how to play an A major chord here: How To Play An A Chord

 

E Flat Guitar Chord

Learn how to read guitar chords here: How To Read Guitar Chords: An Essential Guide

  • Find the 6th fret. Barre your first finger on the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Find the 8th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 8th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 8th fret on the B string. (2nd string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.

Barre chords are a beginners worst nightmare. However, don’t worry. There’s ALWAYS an easier way to play a chord.

We’re going to show you 4 quick and easy ways to play the E flat guitar chord.

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1) E Flat Guitar Chord (3 Finger Version)

This is E flat guitar chord is super-simple. It’s a fantastic chord for beginners to learn, here’s why:

  • It only uses 3 fingers.
  • You can use the same shape to create multiple chords.
  • This chord is perfect for creating delicate textures.

Eb Chord Easy

  • Find the 8th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 8th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 4th finger.
  • Find the 4th fret on the high E string. (1st string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.

This chord can be tricky as you have to skip some strings. To learn how to do this, go here: How To Skip Strings Whilst Strumming

2) E Flat Guitar Chord (D Shape)

We refer to this E flat guitar chord because it uses the EXACT same shape as as regular D chord.

All you have to do is move it up to the 3rd fret.

Learn how to play a D chord here: Easy Ways To Play The D Chord

E Flat Guitar Chord

  • Place your 1st finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
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