The E major chord is built from a root note (E), a major third (G#), and a perfect fifth (B):
- 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 [Musical explanation]
The E major chord is a major triad with formula 1 – 3 – 5. Therefore, to build it we need E (1), G# (3) and B (5):
This is due to the fact that a major chord is made up of 2 third intervals:
- A major interval (4 half steps between the 3rd and root).
- A minor inteval (3 half steps between the 5th and 3rd).
If we apply this principle to the E chord we obtain that:
- G# is the major third of E because it is 4 half steps above the root.
- B is the perfect fifth of E because it is 3 half steps above the 3rd.
Thus, this confirms that the E major chord is defined by:
Root (E) – Major Third (G#) – Perfect Fifth (B)
E Guitar Chord
The E major chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:
Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the E on guitar:
Let’s start by analyzing the 3 circles in blue, which indicate that on the strings 5 (A), 4 (D) and 3 (G) we have to place the fingers 2 (middle), 3 (ring finger) and 1 (index).
Note by the way the number 1 in black on the left that indicates on which fret we start playing the chord.
On the other hand, at the top we see that we have the characters:
E B E G# B E
This simply means that in the:
- Sixth string sounds the E note.
- Fifth string sounds the B note.
- Fourth string sounds the E note.
- Third string sounds the G# note.
- Second string sounds the B note.
- First string sounds the E note.
And at the bottom we find the numbers:
1 5 1 3 5 1
This indicates that in the:
- Sixth string sounds the root (1).
- Fifth string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
- Fourth string sounds the root (1).
- Third string sounds the major third (3).
- Second string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
- First string sounds the root (1).
⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the E chord on guitar. But it is highly recommended to know it in order to understand the musical theory behind each chord.
Other ways to play the E guitar chord
In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the E chord in the following fretboard positions:
E major triad chords and inversions
First Inversion (E/G#)
Second Inversion (E/B)
What chords are in E major?
The E major scale harmonized results on the following chords:
E (I) – F#m (ii) – G#m (iii) – A (IV) – B (V) – C#m (vi) – D#º (viiº)
A very good chord to practice with E is the B chord, since it is the fifth chord in the progression and the dominant.
E Ukulele Chord
Here you can see as well two ways to play the E chord on the uke:
E Piano Chord
To play the E chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:
First Inversion (E/G#)
Second Inversión (E/B)
Music scales in which the B major chord can be found
- B major scale (harmonized with triads)
- B D♭m E♭m E G♭ A♭m B♭dim
- A major scale (harmonized with triads)
- A Bm D♭m D E G♭m A♭dim
- E major scale (harmonized with triads)
- E G♭m A♭m A B D♭ m E♭dim
- G# minor natural scale (harmonized with triads)
- G#m A#dim B C#m D#m E F#
- F# natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- F#m G#dim A Bm C#m D E
- C# natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- C#m D#dim E F#m G#m A B
- A harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Am Bdim Caug Dm E F A♭dim
- G# harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- G#m A#dim Baug C#m D# E Gdim
- B natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Bm D♭m Daug E G♭ A♭dim B♭dim
- A natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Am Bm Caug D E G♭dim A♭dim
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