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The E major scale has four sharps notes (F#, G#, C#, and D#) and it is extremely well suited for the guitar due to the easy fingerings of the chords most commonly employed with it. With the lowest note of the guitar being E, it allows for powerful tonic chords and an easy use of pedal notes. Other strings instruments also benefit from this key.

The relative minor scale of E major is C# minor. The notes that make up the E major scale are the same ones used for the F# doric mode, G# phrygian, A lydian, B mixolydian, C# aeolian (or minor), and D# locrian.

Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the E major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the E major scale, together with their harmonic function.



E major
Pattern I

       

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E major
Pattern II

      

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E major
Pattern III

      

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E major
Pattern IV

      

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E major
Pattern V

       

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E major
Pattern VI

      

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E major
Pattern VII

     

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The following chords can be played when using the E major scale.

I
    E 
I7
    E7
 
ii
    F#m
II7
    F#7
ii7b5
    F#m7b5
iii
    G#m
III7
    G#7
bIII
    G
IV
    A 
ii7b5/iii
    A#m7b5 
iv
    Am
V
    B
V7
    B7
v
    Bm
vi
    C#m
VI7
    C#7
bVI
    C 
vii
    D#dim
vii7b5 
    D#m7b5 
bVII
    D