How To Play E Major Chord on Piano And Keyboard
Lets take a look at the E major chord.
The E major scale consists of four sharps, but for the E chord, only one of these sharps (G sharp) is used. This chord is formed by combining the root note E, the major third, G# and the perfect fifth, B of the major scale. Like other major chords, the E maj chord is a triad, consisting of three notes.
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On your keyboard, G sharp is two tones away from (to the right of) E, while B is one and a half tones to the right of G sharp.
The diagram on the right shows you the E maj chord in its root position, 1st inversion and second inversion. In root position the notes of the E chord are in the order, E G# B. In the first inversion the notes are in the order G# B E, and in the second inversion the notes are B E G#.
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What is the fingering for an E Chord? Heres the right hand fingering:
Firstly we look at the E maj chord in root position. Place your thumb on E, your middle finger on G sharp and your little finger on B. To play the chord play all three notes simultaneously.
To play the E maj chord in the 1st inversion, place your thumb on G#, your index finger on B, and your fifth finger on E. Press the notes simultaneously.
To play the E chord in the 2nd inversion move your thumb up to B, middle finger on E and little finger on G#. Press these notes simultaneously.
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The E major chord occurs naturally in the following keys:
- E major (chord I) / C# minor (chord III)
- A major (chord V) / F# minor (chord VII)
- B major (chord IV) / G# minor (chord VI)
E major is enharmonic with Fb major (F flat major). Chords which have the same sound but are written differently are said to be enharmonic. They have the same pitch but are written in different notation. On piano, the same keys are played to form E major and Fb major.
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What Are The Chords In The Key Of E Major?
In this lesson we take a look at basic chords in the key of E major.
Lets start with the E major scale. The notes of this scale are E F# G# A B C# D#. Each of these notes is the root note for the chords in E. Also, the notes of all of the chords are limited to these seven notes. The chord in the any major key follows the pattern Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished.
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So for E major, the triad chords are E major, F# minor, G# minor, A major, B major, C# minor and D# diminished.
The four note chords are E major seventh, F# minor seventh, G# minor seventh, A major seventh, B dominant seventh, C# minor seventh, and D# minor seventh flat five.
Roman numerals indicate each chords position in the scale. Roman numerals for major chords are capitalized while minor and diminished chords are lower case.
- I E major, E major seventh (Emaj, Emaj7)
- ii F sharp minor, F# minor seventh (F#m, F#m7)
- iii G sharp minor, G# minor seventh (G#m, G#m7)
- IV A major, A major seventh (A, Amaj 7)
- V B major, B dominant seventh (B, B7)
- vi C sharp minor, C# minor seventh (C#m, C#m7)
- vii° D# diminished, D# minor seventh flat five (D#°, D#m7b5)
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Piano Chords In The Key Of E Major
Heres a key chord chart showing the triads and four note extended chords in the key of E major.
So what notes do these chords consist of? Lets continue.
- Chord I, E major consists of the notes, E G# B, while E major seventh consists of the notes, E G# B D#.
- Chord ii, F# minor consists of the notes, F# A C#. F# minor seventh consists of the notes, F# A C# E.
- Chord iii, G# minor contains the notes, G# B D#. G# minor seventh contains the notes, G# B D# F#.
- Chord IV, A major contains the notes, A C# E. A major seventh contains the notes, A C# E G#.
- Chord V, B major contains the notes, B D# F#. B dominant seventh contains the notes, B D# F# A.
- Chord vi, C# minor consists of the notes, C# E G#. C# minor seventh consists of the note, C# E G# B.
- Chord vii°, D# diminished consists of the notes, D# F# A, while D# minor seventh flat five consists of the notes, D# F# A C#.
Common chord progressions in the key of E major are as follows:
- I IV V (E A B)
- I vi IV V (E C#m A B)
- ii V I (F#m7 B7 Emaj7)
The following is a diagram of the E major key signature as well as the notes of the E major scale on the treble and bass clefs. The E major scale has 4 sharps, F#, G#, C# and D#.
Heres a diagram showing the E major scale on piano.
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Piano Chord: E Major
E Major - Root Position
In major keys, major chords are found on the I, IV and V (1st, 4th and 5th) degrees of the scale.
In E major, that means E, A and B. These three chords form the basis of a huge number of popular songs.
In a minor key, a major chord is found on the III, V and VI (3rd, 5th and 6th) degrees of the scale.
For example, in A minor, there are major chords on C, F and E
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E major chord
E major chord for piano (including E/G# and E/B inversions) presented by keyboard diagrams.
Explanation: The regular E chord is a triad, meaning that it consists of three notes. On the picture of the keyboard, you can see the three notes of the E chord marked in red color.
Theory: The E major chord is constructed with a rootThe lowest note in the chord, a major thirdAn interval consisting of four semitones, the 3rd scale degree and a perfect fifthAn interval consisting of seven semitones, the 5th scale degree.
Fingerings: Little finger, middle finger, thumb (left hand); thumb, middle finger, little finger (right hand).
Notes: E - G# - B
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E major - inversions
Explanation: E/G# is an E major chord with G# as the bass note and E/B is an E major chord with B as the bass note.
E/G# (1st inversion)
Fingerings: (LH) (RH)
E/B (2nd inversion)
Fingerings: (LH) (RH)
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