What Guitar Chords Are in E Major?

The E major chord is one of the first guitar chords most guitarists learn and is associated with strong feelings of rejection and physical desire.

Learning this chord shape will open up an abundance of musical options for you. It can be used in various ways, including inversions of E major triad.

Major Triad

As noted above, a major triad consists of three notes from the same scale – its root note (root), as well as third and fifth notes spaced three intervals apart – all belonging to one scale degree. Similar to minor chords, each scale degree creates different major triads with differing note interval qualities – diminished, minor, major, or perfect intervals.

Major triads comprised of chords based on the first (root) and fourth scale degrees of the C major scale – B E G – are known as major triads. As with other major triads, they can be inverted by shifting either or both third and fifth strings up or down by one or more half steps.

To create the second inversion of this chord, move the third up to C and lower the fifth to D – this variation of E major triad is known as Em9 and used in many popular songs, such as Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours or U2’s With or Without You.

Minor Triad

Minor triads, like major chords, consist of three notes. Many songs use both major and minor chords in concert with one another to support the melody; these chords often create an unsettling or melancholic atmosphere and can add tension or sadness depending on your personal taste.

Root notes of triads are typically called roots; middle note (known as third), and top note (called fifth). Most often they are stacked in root position but sometimes inverted; in this instance the lowest note becomes middle rather than root position.

There are various techniques for playing triads on the fretboard; these are referred to as voicings of a chord. Try switching up how you play them to see the effect on sound; using triads is also great for creating arpeggios and melodies since each note can be played independently at any time or short bursts.

Suspended Triad

Suspended chords can be created by replacing the third from either a standard Major (1-3-5) or Minor (1-b3-5) triad with either the 2nd (sus2) or 4th (sus4) of a scale, creating a dissonant sound that has become popular in modern songs.

Example: the guitar riff in The Police’s song Message in a Bottle uses suspended chords (sus2) before resolving them to G major at the end of each measure, creating tension and an uncertain feeling in listeners. This technique helps create tension and indecision.

Vsus4 chords are one of the more widely-used suspended chords, often serving as dominant chords in keys and adding tension and ambiguity in progressions. Usually followed by I chords to complete their progression, this method of creating tension and resolution makes for powerful sounding progressions that give songs greater emotional impact and tension. Try this out when writing songs to give your music extra emotion and drama!

Major Chord Progression

Chords can be divided into Major or Minor depending on the scale they use to form them, and this progression begins with an E Major chord before proceeding through A and B Major (or Ab, G and D) versions of it.

This pattern is an easy yet popular one that can be applied across a wide variety of musical forms. Songwriters might use this progression to convey a narrative or set the mood.

To play an E Major chord on guitar, place your index finger on the third string at its second fret and your middle finger on its fifth string at second fret – this makes up an Emaj9. To add another dimension of complexity and to create Sus chords which offer another option other than open E Major, check out here or here. Emaj9 works well when used with E minor 7th chords commonly abbreviated Em7 chords.