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The E Chord (Guitar Lesson)


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Eve Goldberg

The E Chord

Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.

Taught by Eve Goldberg in Basic Acoustic Guitar seriesLength: 21:54Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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Chris44Chris44 replied on May 12th, 2015

Eve is my third try for a teacher. Third time is a charm. She is very clear and show's finger placement in a way that I can see and understand.

rhwrhw replied on January 29th, 2015

Thanks for your clear, concise, and through teaching approch

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CroceFan4LifeCroceFan4Life replied on May 4th, 2014

I like Eve's calm approach. I'm a little puzzled why she's strumming the 6th string on the A chord. The chord chart shows that string isn't strummed on the A. I struggle sometimes hitting the 5th string while strumming the A, but keep working at it.

timmasontimmason replied on January 14th, 2014

Neat. Justin Sandercoe, whose lessons I've been following, teaches the A chord with this fingering, and I have been having trouble with it. Your tip about the backward bend of the index finger was a revelation: it works! Thanks

ifonifon replied on December 27th, 2012

Thank you for the clear instructions. After I learned the A and E chords, I became ill and couldn't get back to these lessons. Today, I reviewed the A and E chords but my ADD made it impossible to focus and follow the videos. I looked up chord charts online and have learned A,C,D,E and G in a matter of minutes. Also, not putting much focus on fingering made it easy. When it felt comfortable, it sounded good. I like your voice; it sounds patient.

shadow073180shadow073180 replied on July 30th, 2012

Eve I just wanted to say your alternate fingering for A has improved my transitions drasticaly. Thank you. You are by far one of the best instructors I have had. Your teaching methods are right up my alley. I have all the chords down except for bar chords and the infamous F chord. I can't wait to see what you have in store later on. I took the whole week off from work to further my learning on the acoustic guitar without interuptions. I think this is going to improve my playing a lot. I have already seen a big difference in the last hour by going through your lesson sets 1-3. Keep up the great work. Thank you.

mrspennymrspenny replied on April 4th, 2012

Eve, Terrific for the beginner! You were @ winter folk camp this year and a gal named Sally said to me "you need to pick up one of Eve's cards for jamplay, I took her beginner class @ folk camp a couple years ago and she's terrific"! Terrific you are and I'm grateful to be here. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging; have just finished lesson 3 and look forward to completing the rest.

mrspennymrspenny replied on April 4th, 2012

Eve, Terrific for the beginner! You were @ winter folk camp this year and a gal named Sally said to me "you need to pick up one of Eve's cards for jamplay, I took her beginner class @ folk camp a couple years ago and she's terrific"! Terrific you are and I'm grateful to be here. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging; have just finished lesson 3 and look forward to completing the rest.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

Hey Mrs. Penny, nice to see you here! Have fun with the lessons and I hope we'll run into each other again sometime!

jag2155jag2155 replied on December 27th, 2011

Hi Eve, This lesson (and the first two) were really great! I was getting really frustrated trying to learn on my own and am so grateful to have found JamPlay. Your calm and kind presentation was so helpful and I am able to pick up the chords quickly. Thank you thank you thank you!

aprils66503aprils66503 replied on December 22nd, 2011

Eve, I have been trying to learn guitar for about 2 months now. I was starting to feel completely overwhelmed. I'm so glad I found jamplay & your sessions. Learning A (both ways) and now E make me feel like I might get this after all. For me it is purely for my own enjoyment, thank you for making this fun and enjoyable!

mivebrmivebr replied on September 14th, 2011

Hey Eve, Thanks, thanks and thanks for the classes your first lesson is very true, I had try to learn guitar a few times, but it never work out... so I really appreciate the classes the way that you speak so clear, thanks a lot...

felix johnfelix john replied on September 8th, 2011

Hello Eve, & thank you for speaking plainly, knowing what's going through my head (panic), & throwing in a bit of humor... Don't know what got into me, but 8 days ago I got a guitar. (a tad late in life since I'm 61)... But I like learning & now know what some others feel when I talk computers. (lost)... My fingers also seem to have minds of their own. ('cept my ring finger which doesn't have one at all)... Tried some of the other instructors, but I like the way you explain things... Tried that alt A, but just can't get it (neighbor thought I was making a rude gesture)... Plus my left wrist is held together by steel plates & a bunch of screws, so it gets kind of sore... What I want to ask is, how long is a good time between lessons? Or to practice. (feel like a 10 yr old asking this)... I'm stuck at home a lot, so I've been doing hours at a time every day. Is there a sort of a timetable that's best? Thanks again.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

Congratulations on picking up the guitar. You should go at your own pace!

mikemartelmikemartel replied on May 30th, 2011

awesome lesson. The alternate A was the answer for me.

leogleog replied on January 28th, 2011

i agree her voice is soothing and she is reasssuring....very cool

fleoaldfleoald replied on November 13th, 2010

Hi Eve! I notice in the first lesson using Swing Low you are strumming all strings for the A chord and in some you are not strumming the 6th string. Is that intentional?

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on December 8th, 2010

Hi fleo, The "home note" for the A chord is an A note, and that's the open 5th string that is part of the chord. So many people strum their A chord starting on the 5th string, because it sounds good to have that A note at the bottom of the chord. But the open 6th string is an E note, which is another note in the A chord. So it also will sound fine with the A chord. Some people are very particular and ALWAYS play the A starting on the 5th string -- but I feel like when you are strumming the way we are in this lesson, it doesn't really matter that much. Later when you learn the boom-chuck strum it will become much more important.

jeanyprjeanypr replied on July 4th, 2010

Eve, I love your approach to teaching. When you discuss the difficulties that I may encounter playing the chords, you make me feel so much better (you really do a great with your words of encouragement throughout the lesson). Thank you!

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on December 8th, 2010

Thanks Jean!

just learningjust learning replied on February 8th, 2010

Eve, I guess I must have larger [fatter?] then average fingers. When playing the E chord my third finger is lightly touching the third string and wrecking the chord - it doesn't seem to matter how I adjust the finger it still causes a problem. But I have noticed that my larger than average second finger can simultaneously fret the 4th and 5th strings giving a clean chord sound - which means just using my first and second fingers for the E chord. This also makes it simpler when changing chords. Do you foresee a problem down the road with other styles/techniques if I play the chord as I described -- is this a bad habit I want to stop before it beomes second nature? I'm primarily interested in learning how to fingerpick later. Thanks, -bill-

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on March 13th, 2010

Hi Bill, again, sorry for taking so long to answer. I would be surprised if there was no possible way to make the chord in the standard way. There are many many guitar players with big fingers who seem to be able to find just the right spot to press with in order to avoid the other strings. One thing you might want to check is whether you are curving your fingers enough so that your fingers are perpendicular to the neck of the guitar. Your thumb position will affect your ability to do that, so double check that you are keeping your thumb in a good spot behind the neck, too. Of course, you also want to do that "wiggle and squish" thing and make sure you are getting your fingers nice and tight with each other and all that. Having said all that, without seeing what you are doing, it's impossible for me to give you definitive advice. And ultimately there is nothing wrong with the fingering you are describing. So, if you are totally frustrated and you don't see any other way to do it, I would say your alternate fingering is the way to go.

donb1959donb1959 replied on October 31st, 2009

Eve, as someone that has picked up the guitar, your teaching is excellent ,so detailed...thanks

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 19th, 2009

Thanks Donb!

jayk806jayk806 replied on October 20th, 2009

Eve, Thanks for the info regarding the alternate A fingering. I have large hands and long fingers and I often have had difficulty with the 'proper' fingerings I've seen in chord books. Is there any rule or suggestion you can share regarding chord fingering. Often I can find a more comfortable way to play a chord than what shows in the book, but I can't shake the feeling that "I'm doing it wrong" I'd love to hear your thoughts on that. Thanks, Jay

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on October 27th, 2009

Hi Jayk, thanks for the feedback and the question. First, although everyone's hands are different, most people are eventually able to make the recommended fingerings - sometimes it takes a while to find the right place on the tip of your finger, or the right angle of your hand, or whatever. I know many people with VERY big fingers who are able to do normal chord fingerings, so if I were you I wouldn't totally give up on the fingerings you see in books. Having said that, there are always different ways to do things and if you find a fingering that works for you, there's no law that says you can't use it. Most common fingerings are used because they help with efficiency and conserving effort in some way, so keep in mind that a new fingering that you create could potentially be harder to get to or from which will slow you down. Hope that's helpful!

telecurtistelecurtis replied on September 18th, 2009

Eve, your point about panic is something that never occurred to me and that is so true when you are learning, and aren't we all. Boy I wish someone told me that 10 years ago. Always great to check out beginner lessons and see some of the things you missed along the way.

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on September 22nd, 2009

Hi Telecurtis, I'm glad that was a useful thing to think about. I find most people are able to learn much faster if they can manage the panic levels!

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on August 25th, 2009

Hello everyone, Thanks for the positive feedback! And electrix, it's nice to hear that the alternate fingering is working for you. There's actually a few other ways of making the A that might come in handy for you eventually. I wonder if I could post them somewhere on the site for you...

electrixgeckoelectrixgecko replied on August 25th, 2009

Eve. Thanks for the alternate finger placement for the A chord. I have big fingers and multiple fingers on the same fret can be challanging. Not only is it more comfortable, the results are more consistant.

bingbing replied on July 8th, 2009

The whole reason I took up the guitar was to get out of my left brain and into my right; I think Eve's comments about focusing on listening and feeling rather than on that inner voice of critique and panic is spot-on. Thanks!

volsr1volsr1 replied on July 8th, 2009

Eve is very good at calming me when I'm having trouble forming chords. It's encouraging to hear her describe the exact problems I'm having. Thanks Eve.

Basic Acoustic Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

The acoustic guitar is one of the most beloved instruments in the world. Eve Goldberg will guide you on your guitar playing journey.



Lesson 1

Introduction to the Guitar

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the acoustic guitar. She talks about the parts of the guitar, the string names, and tuning.

Length: 27:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Learning the A Chord

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the first chord in this series, the A chord. She also shows how this chord can be used to play a simple song.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

The E Chord

Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.

Length: 21:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Swing Low with 2 Chords

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Swing Low" and talks about playing it with two chords instead of one.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Boom-Chuck Strum

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 6

Boom-Chuck and Swing Low

Eve Goldberg teaches how the boom-chuck strum can be applied to the song "Swing Low".

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The D Chord

In this lesson, Eve introduces the D chord. You will also learn how to switch from the D chord to the A chord while applying the boom-chuck strum.

Length: 16:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Little Birdy

Eve teaches the song "Little Birdy," which is a great tune to practice changing from the D chord to the A chord with your boom-chuck strum.

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.

Length: 32:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Songs and Capos

Eve talks about 3 chord songs and demonstrates a few as an example. She also introduces the capo.

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Capo and Keys

Eve continues her discussion on capos. She explains how to find a key by using a piano keyboard drawing.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Flatpicks

Eve introduces the flatpick. She explains the proper way to hold it and strum.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

A to D Bass Run

Eve shows you how to to compliment your boom-chuck strum by adding an A to D bass run.

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

E to A Bass Run

In this lesson, Eve furthers your knowledge of bass runs by teaching the E to A bass run.

Length: 22:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Review and Practice

Eve continues her discussion of bass runs and also covers some great practicing techniques.

Length: 22:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G Chord

Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.

Length: 14:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Gold Watch and Chain

Eve teaches the song "Gold Watch and Chain" using the G chord you learned in the last lesson.

Length: 19:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Boom-Chucka Strum

Eve shows you how to add a little spice to your standard boom-chuck strum in this lesson.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Boom-a-Chucka Strum

You've learned the Boom-Chuck strum. You've learned the Boom-Chucka strum. Now you will learn the Boom-a-Chucka strum. Have fun!

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Incorporating the A to D Bass Run

Eve shows how to incorporate the A to D bass run into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

D to A Bass Run

Get ready for a new run! Eve teaches the D to A bass run in this lesson.

Length: 30:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

D to G Bass Run

Learn how to add even more flavor to "Gold Watch and Chain" by including a bass run from D to G.

Length: 20:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

G to D Bass Run

Learn the G to D bass run and incorporate it into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 29:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Putting It Together

Eve encourages you to take all of the tools you've learned thus far and apply them to the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 25

Hobo's Lullaby

Eve introduces a new song called "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Hobo's Lullaby Fingerpicking

Eve introduces fingerpicking in this lesson by using the song "Hobo's Lullaby" as an example.

Length: 24:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Adding Bass Runs: D to G

Eve adds a D to G bass run into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Adding Bass Runs: A to D

Eve adds the bass run from A to D into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Adding Bass Runs: G to A

Eve adds the bass run from G to A into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

The D Doodad

Eve Goldberg finishes up her lessons on "Hobo's Lullaby" by adding one final technique: The D Doodad.

Length: 30:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Careless Love Introduction

Eve Goldberg continues her beginner series with another amazing song called "Careless Love."

Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Careless Love" with a lesson about the pattern and chord changes of the song.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

G Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg takes a look at the G chord fingerpicking pattern for the song "Careless Love."

Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

D Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg continues "Careless Love" with a lesson about the fingerpicking pattern for the D chord.

Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

C Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve teaches a Travis style picking pattern for the C chord. She also explains how to make the change from the C to the G pattern.

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Careless Love Wrap-Up

Eve wraps up "Careless Love" with a lesson about putting the whole song together.

Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 38

Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg reviews the chord structure for the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39

Part 3: Hammer-on Introduction

Eve Goldberg returns to "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson all about the hammer-on.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Part 4: C Chord Hammer-on

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the hammer-on. She explains how a hammer-on can be used within a C major chord and the importance of timing.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 41

Part 5: G Chord Hammer-on

Eve adds the G chord hammer-on to the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 42

Part 6: Bass Runs

Eve gives a quick review of what you have learned so far in "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she dives into some bass runs that can be added to the chord progression.

Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 43

Part 7: G to C Bass Run

Eve plays the G to C run in the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she breaks it down for practice.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 44

Part 8: C to G Bass Run

Eve taught the G to C bass run in the last lesson. In this lesson, she teaches you how to go from C back to G.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Part 9: G to Em Transition

Eve Goldberg covers a transitional chord between G and Em that functions like a bass run.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 46

Part 10: All Together

Eve Goldberg wraps up "Goin' Down this Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson that combines all the techniques you have learned in the song.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 47

Stewball Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Stewball" in this lesson. Get started with a little history and some basic concepts.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 48

Stewball Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg talks about the chord structure for the song "Stewball" in this lesson.

Length: 11:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 49

Stewball Part 3: Strum Variations

Eve Goldberg wraps up the song "Stewball" with some strum pattern variations.

Length: 15:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 50

Drunken Sailor Part 1

Eve Goldberg returns to JamPlay with another exciting addition to her beginner series! Here you will take a look at "Drunken Sailor". Eve builds on this song in lessons to come.

Length: 16:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 51

Drunken Sailor Part 2

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Drunken Sailor" with some great tips on strumming patterns and more.

Length: 21:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 52

Drunken Sailor Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "Drunken Sailor" with some new strumming exercises.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 53

Haul Away Joe Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into "Haul Away Joe," another fun sea shanty.

Length: 25:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 54

Haul Away Joe Part 2

Eve Goldberg takes another look at "Haul Away Joe" with a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 55

The John B. Sails

Eve Goldberg starts on a new folk song called "The John B. Sails". This particular song was later made famous by The Beach Boys under the title of "Sloop John B".

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 56

The John B. Sails Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues with "The John B. Sails". This time she introduces a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 57

The John B. Sails Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "The John B. Sails" lessons with a couple of brand new chords and a new strum.

Length: 24:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 58

Practical Theory Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into some basic, practical theory to expand your knowledge of the guitar. In this lesson, she talks about the I-IV-V progression and explains the circle of fifths.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 59

Practical Theory Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her practical theory discussion, this time with an emphasis on minor chords and how they fit in.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 60

Frankie and Johnny Part 1

In lesson 60 of her basic guitar series, Eve Goldberg offers up another traditional song to add to your repertoire. In part one, you'll learn the basic patterns for Frankie and Johnny. You'll also be introduced...

Length: 24:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 61

Frankie and Johnny Part 2: Adding Bass Runs

Now that you've learned the basic chords and structure of the song Frankie and Johnny, it's time to start adding some extra bits. In lesson 61 Eve will walk you through adding bass runs between chord...

Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 62

Frankie and Johnny Part 3: Finger Style

As we are adding more complexity to this tune, it's a good time to look at how it's played using the fingerstyle technique. As with the other lessons on this song, Eve will start you off with a basic...

Length: 18:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 63

Frankie and Johnny Part 4: Variations

You've learned all of "Frankie and Johnny" at this point. Now it's time to put all of the techniques together and create a varied and flowing arrangement.

Length: 24:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 64

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

In lesson 64 of her basic guitar series, Eve provides a look at another traditional tune. You'll start off with the basic song, and then progress by adding additional skills and challenges.

Length: 18:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 65

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Advanced Strumming

It's time to take a closer look at spicing up the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." In this lesson, Eve introduces more strumming options, including several that haven't been discussed previously.

Length: 15:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 66

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Bass Runs

In lesson 66 of her basic guitar series, Eve demonstrates the bass runs that will work over the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down".

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 67

The Water is Wide

To finalize her beginner series, Eve offers up the song "The Water is Wide." This will be a good start on the song that you can use to transition to her fingerstyle series.

Length: 30:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Eve Goldberg View Full Biography Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.

Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.

Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."

Her latest album "A Kinder Season" was released in September 2007 on Borealis Records (US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."

In January 2008, Eve released "The Streets of Burma," a song inspired by the peaceful demonstrations of monks and nuns in Burma in September 2007. Since then, Amnesty International Canada has used the song as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested following his participation in the protests. Visitors to www.amnesty.ca/streetsofburma/ can listen to a preview of the song, find out more about the situation in Burma, sign an e-postcard to help free U Gambira, and if they want, download the song in exchange for a donation to Amnesty International Canada.

"A pure and pleasing voice and a performance style that know no bounds."
  - Greg Quill, Toronto Star

"...one of the most promising young singers in the Canadian folk scene"
  -  Alistair Brown, Greenman Review

"Wow! Ever Brightening Day is one of the best albums I've heard this year!"
  -  Back Porch Music Distribution

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Mitch Reed Mitch Reed

Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...

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Lesson 7 is all about arpeggios. Danny provides discussion and exercises designed to build your right hand skills.

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Rich Nibbe takes a look at how you can apply the pentatonic scale in the style of John Mayer into your playing.

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Ian Argys Ian Argys

Lesson 6 is all about the major mode. As with the other lessons you'll be taking a look at the individual notes on the strings...

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Dennis Hodges Dennis Hodges

Learn a variety of essential techniques commonly used in the metal genre, including palm muting, string slides, and chord...

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Steve Stevens Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens shows some of his go-to licks and ideas while improvising over a backing track he made.

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Brent-Anthony Johnson Brent-Anthony Johnson

Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...

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Matt Brown Matt Brown

Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.

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Paul Musso Paul Musso

JamPlay is proud to welcome senior professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver,...

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John March John March

Take a new look at the fretboard and learn where to find a voicing that works. There are techniques that simplify the fretboard...

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David Wallimann David Wallimann

This is a crucial lesson that explains tablature, how to read it, and why it's important.

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David MacKenzie David MacKenzie

David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

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Jane Miller talks about chord solos in part one of this fascinating mini-series.

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