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E Guitar Chord and E Minor Chord

E Guitar Chord and E Minor Chord is Part 7 in a 14 part series on Learn to Play Guitar Lessons. We will learn to play E Major and E minor in multiple places on the guitar. We will also learn all of the diatonic chords in the key of E Major.

NOTE: To review the major scale visit C Major Scale


E GUITAR CHORD AND E MINOR CHORD

E GUITAR CHORD

 Again, a triad is a 3 note chord. You need a root, a 3rd and a 5th.

Below is an E major scale. The notes are E,F#,G#,A,B,C#,D#

Take the 1st note E, the 3rd note G# and the 5th note B. This makes an E Major chord. Often the 1st note (also called the root or the tonic) and/or the 5th note is doubled. The 3rd is rarely doubled.

In the E chord below, the notes are as follows:


Top string - E (root)
5th string - B (5th)
4th string - E (root doubled)
3rd string - G# (3rd)
2nd string - B (5th doubled)
1st string - E (root tripled)


E MAJOR GUITAR CHORD

E major chord


E MINOR CHORD

A minor triad is still a 3 note chord. You need a root, a minor 3rd and a 5th. E minor is the relative minor (VI chord) in G Major.

Below is an E minor scale (also called natural minor). The notes are: E,F#,G,A,B,C,D

Take the 1st note E, the 3rd note G# which is now down a half step (or semi-tone) to G and the 5th note B. This makes an E minor chord.

In the E minor chord below the notes are as follows:

Here the 1st note (also called the root or the tonic) is tripled and the 5th note is doubled. The minor 3rd is only played once.

Top string - E (root)
5th string - B (5th)
4th string - E (root doubled)
3rd string - G (minor 3rd)
2nd string - B (5th doubled)
1st string - E (root tripled)


E minor chord


DIATONIC CHORDS IN E MAJOR

The reason the next key is E is that it is the 5th chord in the Circle of 5ths and has 4 sharps, F#, C#, G# and D#.


circle of 5ths


To review music theory chords in a key visit C Major Chord and Chord Theory and return.

There are 7 chords in a key indicated by roman numerals. In E Major they are:

E Major is the I Major chord
F# minor is the II minor chord
G# minor is the III minor chord
A Major is the IV Major chord
B Major is the V Major chord
C# minor is the VI minor chord
D# diminished is the VII diminished chord


E Major / I Major

E major chord

F# minor / II minor

F# minor chord

G# minor / III minor

G# minor chord

A Major / IV Major

A major chord

B Major / V Major

B major chord

C# minor / VI minor

c# minor chord

D# diminished / VII diminished

D# diminished chord


Thanks for viewing E Guitar Chord and A Minor Chord. Now let's move to our next chord family in the Circle of 5ths, B. It has 5 sharps, F#, C#, G#, D# and A#.




Continue to Part 8, B Guitar Chords

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