E major chord

E major chord for guitar in different forms: open, which is the standard, plus barre chords with the bass tone on the fifth and sixth strings respectively.

Diagram with fingerings

E / EM / Emaj / E major

E chord diagram with fingerings

Diagram with notes

E / EM / Emaj / E major

E chord diagram with notes

Alternative shapes


  • E chord diagram

E barre 1st

  • E barre chord diagram 121414131212

E barre 2nd

  • E barre chord diagram X79997

Relevant chords


  • E/D# chord diagram


  • E/F# chord diagram

Learn from video

Try in a chord progression

E - G# - C#m - A - E

Chords that sound good together with E major

The primary chords that sound good to combine with E in chord progressions are: F#m, G#m, A, B, C#m.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow E major in progressions:
› A
› B
› C#m
› Esus

Finger position (E chord)

Index (1st) finger on 3rd (thinnest) string, 1st fret.
Middle (2nd) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.

Theory of the E chord

The notes that the E chord consists of are E, G#, B. The main presented version (022100) includes a tripled root, a third and a doubled fifth.
To get E7 add D.
To get Emaj7 add D#.
To get E6 add C#.


1st inversion: E/G# (means that G# is the bass note).
2nd inversion: E/B (means that B is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

E/F#: 222100
E/G: 322100
E/B: X22100
E/C: X32100

Alternative chord names

E/F# is identical with Eadd9/F#.
E/C# is identical with C#m7.
E/D# is identical with Emaj7/D#.


E (no3) is an E major without the third (G#). E(no3) is theoretically identical with E5.
E (no5) is an E major without the fifth (B).

Written in tab format

- 0 -
- 0 -
- 1 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 0 -

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