So I finally conquered the E chord with practice, hand and finger positioning. Now that I am able to listen to all four strings ringing clearly, I have decided I don't like the sound of it. I can see where once I practice chord changes to other chords with it that it has the distinct advantage of faster chord changes than the other E chord I was playing with the barred thumb and index finger. The trouble is the easier E although cumbersome for chord changes just plain sounds better...ugh. I want good sound AND fast chord changes.