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Emaj7 Chord on Guitar, Piano and Ukelele – How to play the major seventh

The E major 7th chord (Emaj7) is built from a root note (E), a major third (G#), a perfect fifth (B) and a major seventh (D#):

  • 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

Emaj7 chord [Musical explanation]

The E major seventh chord is a tetrad with formula 1 – 3 – 5 – 7. Therefore, to build it we need E (1), G# (3), B (5) and D# (7):

what notes are in a Emaj7 chord

This is due to the fact that a major seventh chord is made up of 3 third intervals:

  • A major interval (4 half steps between the 3rd and root).
  • A minor interval (3 half steps between the 5th and 3rd).
  • A major interval (4 half steps between the 7th and 5th).

If we apply this principle to the Emaj7 chord we obtain that:

  • E# 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.
  • D# is the major seventh of E because it is 4 half steps above the 5th.

Thus, this confirms that E major seventh chord is defined by:

Root (E) – Major Third (G#) – Perfect Fifth (B) – Major Seventh (D#)

To sum up, in order to build the Emaj7 chord we need to add the major seventh (7th) to the E major chord.

Emaj7 Guitar Chord

The Emaj7 chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:

Emaj7 guitar chord
Emaj7 guitar diagram

Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the Emaj7 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 3 (ring finger), 2 (middle) 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 D# G# B  E

This simply means that in the:

  • Sixth string sounds the E note.
  • Sixth string sounds the B note.
  • Fourth string sounds the D# 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  7  3 5 1

This indicates that in the:

  • Sixth string sounds the root (1).
  • Fifth string sounds the major seventh (5).
  • Fourth string sounds the major third (7).
  • Third string sounds the perfect fifth (3).
  • Second string sounds the major seventh (5).
  • First string sounds the perfect fifth (3).

⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the Emaj7 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 major 7 guitar chord

In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the Emaj7 chord in the following fretboard positions:

Emaj7 chord guitar chart
Emaj7 chord guitar chart

Emaj7 chord inversions

The 3 inversions of the E major 7th chord are:

  • First inversion: Emaj7/F#.
  • Second inversion: Emaj7/A.
  • Third inversion: Emaj7/C#.
Emaj7 guitar chord inversion
Emaj7 chord guitar chart

Emaj7 Ukulele Chord

Here you can see as well the Emaj7 uke chord diagram:

Emaj7 ukulele
Emaj7 uke diagram

Emaj7 Piano Chord

To play the Emaj7 chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:

Emaj7 piano chord
Emaj7 piano

First Inversion (Emaj7/G#)

Emaj7/G# piano chord 1st inversion

Second Inversión (Emaj7/B)

Emaj7/B piano chord 2nd inversion

Third Inversión (Emaj7/D#)

Emaj7/D# piano chord 3rd inversion

Music scales in which the E major 7th chord can be found

  • E major scale (harmonized with 7th chords)
    • Emaj7 G♭m7 A♭m7 Amaj7 B7 D♭m7 E♭ m7♭5
  • B major scale (harmonized with 7th chords)
    • Bmaj7 D♭m7 E♭m7 Emaj7 G♭7 A♭m7 B♭ m7♭5
  • C natural minor scale (harmonized with 7th chords)
    • C#m7 D#m7♭5 Emaj7 F#m7 G#m7 Amaj7 B7
  • G# natural minor scale (harmonized with 7th chords)
    • G#m7 A#m7♭5 Bmaj7 C#m7 D#m7 Emaj7 F#7
  • G# harmonic minor scale (harmonized with 7th chords)
    • G#m(maj7) A#m7♭5 Bmaj7#5 C#m7 D#7 Emaj7 Gdim7

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