E Flat Guitar Chord For Beginners

Want to learn the Eb chord? You’re in the right place!

Eb Chord

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

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  • 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.

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.)

3) E Flat Guitar Chord (2 Finger Chord)

If you’re looking for the easiest way to play a Eb chord. You’ve found it!

This chord only uses two fingers and has lots of body and depth. When you play this chord, make sure you don’t play the:

  • Low E string. (6th string.)
  • B string. (2nd string.)
  • High E string. (1st string.)

 

Eb Chord

  • Find the 1st fret on the A string. (5th string.) Fret this note with your 1st finger.
  • Find the 2nd fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Play the open G string. (3rd string.) This must ring out!

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4) E Flat Guitar Chord (Semi-barre chord)

This Eb chord sits between open chords and barre chords in terms of difficulty.

Here are a few reasons why it’s essential to learn:

  • It enhances your technique and dexterity.
  • It will make you sound amazing.
  • It’s perfect for creating a huge guitar sound with body and texture.

easy ways to play chords

  • Find the 6th fret on the D string. (4th string.) Fret this note with your 2nd finger.
  • Find the 6th fret on the G string. (3rd string.) Fret this note with your 3rd finger.
  • Find the 6th fret on the B string. (2nd 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.

The fastest way to learn guitar chords

The fastest way to learn guitar chords is to learn the easy ones first. This is the best way to accelerate your progress.

When you learn easy chords first, you are progressively developing your finger technique. When you come to learn advanced chords, you will find it SO much easier to play chords.

To start your chord journey, begin with ‘stepping-stone chords’. You can learn more about these chords here:

14 Easy Beginner Guitar Chords

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The secret to mastering guitar chords…

The secret to mastering guitar chords is to:

Squeeze your hand EVERY time you learn a master a new chord.

This teaches your to hand to remember the chord. You’ll never forget a chord again if you use this cool guitar hack.

It’s ESSENTIAL that you play the chord correctly. If you don’t, you will be teaching yourself to remember the incorrect chord.

The best way to remember guitar chords is to repeat them as MANY times as possible. Use this guitar trick whenever you learn a new guitar chord.

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