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The E Chord – How to build it on Guitar, Ukulele and Piano

In this article I will explain how to build and play the E chord in all its variations and instruments (guitar, ukulele and piano) in a very simple way.

E chord [Musical explanation]

🙏 Before we dive into how to build the E chord on guitar, let me ask you for 2 minutes to explain to you the theory behind it:

E chord pentagram staff stave

First of all, the E triad chord, like any other chord, can be major or minor.

Likewise, if we add its seventh we would obtain the E seventh chord (tetrad):

E7 chord pentagram staff stave

E Major Chord

The E major chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: major triad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5.
  • Music notes: E (1) G# (3) B (5).
  • Chords to play with: IV (A) y V (B).
E chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

E major chord on guitar

Ukulele

Piano

E piano chord

E Minor Chord (Em)

The E minor chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: minor triad.
  • Formule: 1 ♭3 5.
  • Music notes: E (1) G (♭3) B (5).
  • Chords to play with: iv (Am) y v (Bm).
Em chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

E minor chord guitar

Ukulele

Piano

Em piano chord

E Major Seventh Chord (Emaj7)

The E major 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5 7.
  • Music notes: E (1) G# (3) B (5) D# (7).
  • Chords to play with: IVmaj7 (Amaj7) y V7 (B7).
Emaj7 chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

Emaj7 guitar chord

Ukulele

Emaj7 ukulele

Piano

Emaj7 piano chord

E Dominant Seventh Chord (E7)

The E dominant 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: major tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5 ♭7.
  • Music notes: E (1) G# (3) B (5) D (♭7).
  • Chords to play with: IVmaj7 (Amaj7) y V7 (Bm7).
E7 chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

E7 guitar chord

Ukulele

E7 ukulele chord

Piano

E7 piano chord

E Minor Seventh Chord (Em7)

The E dominant 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 ♭3 5 ♭7.
  • Music notes: E (1) G (♭3) B (5) D (♭7).
  • Chords to play with: v (Bm7).
Em7 chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

Em7 guitar chord

Ukulele

Em7 ukulele

Piano

Em7 piano chord