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
NotesEF#G#ABC#D#

Scale Structure

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

W W H W W W H

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:

DegreeIiiiiiIVVviviiĀ°
ChordEF#mG#mABC#mD#dim
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

Modes

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)