E Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of E Major

    🐘 Here's a memorable E major scale reference which shows the notes and finger position on the piano keyboard. You'll also find the intervals and scale degrees that make up the E major scale.

    Plus, an interactive tool to play E major diatonic chords and a list of common chord progressions in the key of E major.

    🎸 You'll also find the E major scale on the guitar fretboard, with the notes, intervals or scale degrees, plus a way to highlight the scale at different positions on the fretboard using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system.

    → go to all major & minor scales

    The notes of the E major scale are E, F, G, A, B, C and D

    The relative minor of the E major scale is C♯ minor

    E major scale piano layout & finger position

    Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the E major scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the E major scale up and down:

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    E
    F♯
    G♯
    C♯
    A
    D♯
    B
    E
    E
    A
    F♯
    B
    G♯
    C♯
    D♯
    E

    left hand

    right hand

    E Major Scale on Guitar

    🎸 Here you'll find a guitar fretboard representation with the notes of the E major scale , using standard guitar tuning: E A D G B E. You can show all notes, only the root notes, the intervals or the scale degrees:

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    You can also highlight specific scale positions on the guitar fretboard for the E major scale, using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system (TNPS):

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    Chords in the key of E major
    (E major diatonic chords)

    The diatonic chords in the key of E major are: E major, F minor, G minor, A major, B major, C minor and D diminished

    Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.

    Common chord progressions in the key of E major

    Here's list of popular major key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of E major. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:

    I E maj
    IV A maj
    V B maj
    I E maj
    vi C min
    ii F min
    V B maj
    vi C min
    IV A maj
    I E maj
    V B maj
    I E maj
    iii G min
    IV A maj
    V B maj
    I E maj
    IV A maj
    vi D min
    V B maj
    ii F min
    V B maj
    I E maj
    I E maj
    vi C min
    IV A maj
    V B maj
    I E maj
    IV A maj
    ii F min
    V B maj
    iii G min
    vi C min
    ii F min
    V B maj
    I E maj
    V B maj
    vi C min
    IV A maj
    I E maj
    IV A maj
    V B maj
    I E maj
    I E maj
    V B maj
    ii F min
    iii G min

    Toggle E major scale intervals & scale degrees

    degrees notes intervals
    1: Tonic E Unison
    2: Supertonic F Major 2nd
    3: Mediant G Major 3rd
    4: Subdominant A Perfect 4th
    5: Dominant B Perfect 5th
    6: Submediant C Major 6th
    7: Leading Tone D Major 7th
    1: Octave/Tonic E Perfect 8th

    Popular Songs in the Key of E Major

    • Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
    • Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
    • Levels by Avicci
    • 'Till I Collapse by Eminem
    • Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
    • I Was Made for Lovin' You by KISS
    • High and Dry by Radiohead
    • I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
    • She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel
    • We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus
    • Best of You by Foo Fighters
    • Be My Baby by The Ronettes

    Major scale formula

    🔧 The major scales are constructed using this note pattern:

    • W-W-H-W-W-W-H
    ◈◈◈

    W = Whole step   H = Half step


    go to a different major or minor scale:

    C majorC majorD majorD majorE majorF majorF majorG majorG majorA majorA majorB majorB majorC major

    C minor C minor D minorD minorD minorE minorE minorF minorF minorG minorG minorA minorA minorA minorB minorB minor


    piano samples

    The piano samples used for this E major scale reference are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

    drum samples

    The drum samples used here are from “ Mailbox Badger : Public Domain Drum Samples : Vol. 2 ”by Mailbox Badger/Patrick Callan, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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