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Eb Major Chord, How to Play E Flat Guitar Chord

In this post, we’ll teach you to play Eb major on guitar. While this chord isn’t the most popular, it can expand your guitarist abilities, especially if you want to play jazz guitar. Like other guitar chords, there’s a specific technique to play comfortably, which we will explain below. 

How to Play E Flat on Guitar

E flat consists of the notes Eb (root), G, and Bb. Unlike other chords that offer a wide range of open position variations, E flat only has a few, which can be quite challenging. However, like any challenge on the guitar, practice makes perfect. Give the following a try:

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Set your index finger on the first fret of the 4th string. Then, put your second finger on fret 3 of the 3rd string. Next, your third finger goes on fret 3 of the 1st string. Put your pinky on fret 4 of string 2, and don’t play strings 5 and 6.

The real challenge comes when you have to stretch your pinky up the fretboard. We recommend you try some finger and hand stretches to help increase your mobility. 

You can try straightening your fingers and placing your fingertips on the edge of your desk. Then, push them down until you can feel a stretch throughout your fingers. More flexible fingers will not only make it easier to play E Flat Major but several other chords as well. If you can play this chord you can certainly try your hand at the difficult F chord or the F sharp minor (F#m) chord, too.

Barre Chord Variations

Barre chords are convenient because you can play multiple chords without making any significant changes to your hand positioning. Below are the different barre variations for the Eb major chord:

Barre #1

Several guitarists prefer the E flat barre chord because it allows for easier transitioning between chords. The first barre chord variation is on the 6th fret (also known as the ‘A-shape’ barre chord):

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A shape barre of e flat major (above)

Bar all strings on fret 6 using your index finger. Next, put your second finger on fret 8 of the 4th string. Next, set your third finger on fret 8 of the 3rd string. Your pinky goes on fret 8 of string 2, and make sure you don’t play the 6th string.

Another barre to try: The B guitar chord

Barre #2

Barre #2 is also called the E-shape because it’s similar to an open E chord, but with a barre. The 2nd barre chord variation is on the 11th fret:

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Eb major on 11th fret (above)

Bar all strings on fret 11 using your index finger. Next, put your second finger on fret 12 of the 3rd string. Next, set your third finger on fret 13 of the 5th string. Your pinky goes on fret 13 of the 4th string.

Easy barre to try: D minor chord

Complex Variations for E Flat Major

Now that you know the fundamental variations of the Eb major chord, let’s cover some complex voicings.

E Flat on the 3rd Fret

Here’s how to play E flat major on the 3rd fret:

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Cover strings 1, 2, and 3 on the 3rd fret using your index finger. Then, put your second finger on fret 4 of string 2. Your next finger goes on fret 5 of the 4th string. Put your pinky on string 5 fret 6, and don’t play the 6th string. 

Another easy barre: C#m guitar chord

E Flat on the 4th Fret

If you’ve mastered playing E Flat on the 3rd fret, you can start expanding your skills by incorporating E Flat on both the 4th and 5th fret:

variation of eb guitar chord on fifth fret shown through chartPin

Set your index finger on fret 4 of string 2. Then, put your second finger on fret 5 of the 4th string. Next, your third finger goes on fret 6 of the 5th string. Put your pinky on fret 6 of the 1st string, and don’t play strings 3 and 6.

E Flat on the 5th Fret

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Position your index finger on fret 5 of the 4th string. Then, set your 2nd finger on fret 6th of the 5th string. Your third finger goes on fret 6 of the 1st string. Don’t play strings 2, 3, and 6.

E Flat Compact 

A compact chord is an excellent option if you want to avoid using the top and lower strings. It’s far more compact (hence the name) and is easier for players that struggle with a barre chord.

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Set your index finger on fret 6 of the 5th string. Then, put your second finger on fret 8 of the 4th string. Position your third finger on fret 8 of the 3rd string. Put your 4th finger on fret 8 of string 2, and don’t play strings 1 and 6.

E Flat Stretch 

The stretch chord will be challenging to master at first, but you’ll be a much more versatile guitarist once you get it.

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Your index finger goes on fret 8 of the 4th string. Then, put your second finger on fret 10 of the 5th string. Next, your third finger goes on fret 11 of the 6th string. Finally, put your pinky on fret 11 of string 2, and don’t play the 1st string. 

With all of these fingerings, you’ll be able to play a wide variety of songs. Pick one or two to start with, then work on trying new fingerings so you become a more versatile guitar player.

Try these chords next:

C major (Simple C Chord)

Em (or E minor)

E guitar chord (E major)

Eb minor chord on guitar

Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by Liam F. Admin