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E Major Scale

This scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the E Major scale on guitar. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.

Notes of E Major Scale

The E Major scale contains 4 sharps and 3 natural notes.

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th

Scale Structure

E Major is a major scale, so it follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:


E major scale whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the E Major scale.

Position 1

E major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

E major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

E major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

E major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

E major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of E Major

When you harmonize the E Major scale you get the following chords:

Chord NotesE – G# – BF# – A – C#G# – B – D#A – C# – EB – D# – F#C# – E – G#D# – F# – A

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Minor of E Major: C sharp minor | C#m – D#dim – E – F#m – G#m – A – B

Parallel Minor of E Major: E minor | Em – F#dim – G – Am – Bm – C – Dm


The following are the modes of E Major:

  • E Ionian (Major)
  • F# Dorian (Minor)
  • G# Phrygian (Minor)
  • A Lydian (Major)
  • B Mixolydian (Major)
  • C# Aeolian (Minor)
  • D# Locrian (Minor)
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  • Basics of diatonic harmony and key theory
  • Chords for all the major and minor keys (5 shapes for each chord based on the CAGED system)
  • 5 patterns of the major and minor scales for each major and minor key
  • Theory behind building key chords from major and minor scales
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