Coming from a guitar background E is a very common chord that’s as easy to play as any other on the guitar. So you would think… that coming to the uke where all chords are easy… the E chord wouldn’t be hard to play but it is.
Not to mention that weird version of E that tabs always show.
That makes absolutely no sense. It doesn’t sound right and it’s litteraly impossible to play (the opposite of easy).
So, of course, being the coward that I am, my solution is to stay away from these versions of the E chord completely.
First I try a different version, bar the 4th fret with my pinky on the A string at the 7th fret.
If that sounds okay then I’m good, if not… Then I try other types of E chord like Em7, Em, E7 etc. Hopefully one of those sound good in the song (E7 is where I often end up)
If none of those sound good I’ll noodle around with changing the key and hopefully find a more playable version that sounds good. More on changing key-> LINK
Of course, divinity can only be borne of darkness. When played just right E becomes the coolest ukulele chord in the universe. If you can move your hand up on the back of the neck and use your thumb to bar the top 3 strings while playing the bottom string with your index finger… uke god.
Please note, this method isn’t any easier… just super cool.