Music Guide #2 – The Key Of E Major

Chords In The Key Of E Major

Take a look at basic chords in the key of E major.

Let’s 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.

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.

Numerals indicate each chord’s position in the scale. Numerals for major chords are capitalized while minor and diminished chords are lower case.

  • 1 – E major, E major seventh (Emaj, Emaj7)
  • 2 – F sharp minor, F# minor seventh (F#m, F#m7)
  • 3 – G sharp minor, G# minor seventh (G#m, G#m7)
  • 4 – A major, A major seventh (A, Amaj 7)
  • 5 – B major, B dominant seventh (B, B7)
  • 6 – C sharp minor, C# minor seventh (C#m, C#m7)
  • 7 – D# diminished, D# minor seventh flat five (D#°, D#m7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of E Major

E major

E major (or the key of E) is a major scale based on E, with the pitches E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, and D♯. Its key signature has four sharps. Its relative minor is C-sharp minor and its parallel minor is E minor. Its enharmonic equivalent, F-flat major, has eight flats, including the double flat B double flat, which makes it rarely used.

Relative key: C-sharp minor

Parallel key: E minor

Dominant key: B major enharmonic: C-flat major

Subdominant: A major

Component pitches

E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D♯

C-sharp minor

C-sharp minor is a minor scale based on C♯, with the pitches C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯, A, and B. Its key signature consists of four sharps.

Relative key: E major

Parallel key: C-sharp major enharmonic: D-flat major

Dominant key: G-sharp minor

Subdominant: F-sharp minor

Component pitches

C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯, A, B


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