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E Major

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From your perspective, as you look down at the fretboard:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a E Major chord on the guitar

  1. Put your first finger on the first fret of the third string.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the second fret of the fourth string.
  4. Play all six strings.

THEORY

E Major is a major triad, built up of the root, the major third, and the perfect fifth:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard

EBEG#BE

Here’s how you might play the same chord on the piano:

HOW IT’S USED

The most common progression you’ll likely see with E Major is going from E, to A, to B, or I, IV, V.

E
A
B

Adding in the minor six chord (C#m), you have the classic `I-V-iv-IV` pattern:

E
B
C#m
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A

Beast of Burden, by The Rolling Stones is a great example:

EI’ll never Bbe your C#mbeast of Aburden

As is Mean, by Taylor Swift:

ESomeday BI’ll be C#mliving in a big old Acity
And Eall you’re Bever gonna be is Amean

SEE ALSO

Other common chords in the key of E Major:

HOW TO PLAY
B Major
HOW TO PLAY
A Major
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C# Minor
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HOW TO PLAY
G# Minor