E chords

E chords for guitar in different categories including major, minor and dominant chords.

E major

E

E chord diagram

E major is often commonly referred to only E. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B. The root note is placed on the lowest string that is played open. The root is duplicated on the 4th and 1st string. All E Major chords


E minor

Em

Em chord diagram

E minor is often abbreviated Em. The notes in the chord are E, G, B. The root note is placed on the lowest string that is played open. The root is duplicated on the 4th and 1st string. All Em chords

E dominant 7th

E7

E7 chord diagram

E dominant 7th is often abbreviated E7. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B, D. The root note is placed on open 6th string. The presented fingering consists of a doubled root, a third, a doubled fifth and a minor seventh.
All E7 chords

E major 7h

Emaj7

Emaj7 chord diagram

E major 7th is often abbreviated Emaj7. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B, D#. The root note is placed on the 6th string and the presented fingering consists of a doubled root, a third, a doubled fifth and a seventh.
All Emaj7 chords

E minor 7th

Em7

Em7 chord diagram

E minor 7th is often abbreviated Em7. The notes in the chord are E, G, B, D. The root note is placed on the 6th string. It is identical with the Em, except the note on the 2nd string, third fret.
All Em7 chords

E 6th

E6

E6 chord diagram

E 6th is commonly written E6. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B, C#. The root note is placed on the 6th string. It includes the same intervals as for the E major triad plus a major sixth.


E minor 6th

Em6

Em6 chord diagram

E minor 6th is often abbreviated Em6. The notes in the chord are E, G, B, C#. It is identical with the Em, except the note on the 2nd string, 2nd fret.

E 9th

E9

E9 chord diagram

E 9th is commonly written E9. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B, D, F#. This is a movable chord with the root note placed on the 5th string.


E major 9th

Emaj9

Emaj9 chord diagram

E major 9th is often abbreviated Emaj9. The notes in the chord are E, G#, B, D#, F#. The 5th interval is omitted in the version shown in the diagram. An alternative chord version that includes the 5th is 021102.


E minor 9th

Em9

Em9 chord diagram

E minor 9th is often abbreviated Em9. The notes in the chord are E, G, B, D, F#. The 5th interval is omitted on the version shown in the diagram; it can also be played as 024030 including the 5th.


The notes in relationship to numbers

Concerning E chords, the numbers used in names are based on the position in the E major and minor scales. Here you can see these relationship.

E major scale degrees
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
E F# G# A B C# D# E F#

You can see that an E major triad with the 1, 3, 5 intervals includes the tones E, G# and B. You can also see that an Emaj7 includes a C# which is the seventh degree,and that an Emaj9 includes a F# which is the ninth degree.

E minor scale degrees
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
E F# G A B C D E F#

You can see that an E minor triad with the 1, b3, 5 intervals includes the tones E, G and B.

More E chords can be constructed from these scales, such as 11th and 13th chords, which include the 11th (A) and 13th (C# / C) degrees, respectively.

The relationship among chords

All E chords are constructed with an E root note, which normally is the lowest note in the chord. When that isn't the case, the chord is said to be inverted. Extended chord types include sixths, sevenths, ninths and so on.

Chord construction

E  E - B - E - G# - B - E
Em  E - B - E - G - B - E
E7  E - B - D - G# - B - E
Emaj7  E - B - D# - G# - B - E
Em7  E - B - E - G - D - E
E6  E - B - E - G# - C# - E
Em6  E - B - E - G - C# - E
E9  x - E - G# - D - F# - B
Emaj9  x - E - G# - D# - F# - x
Em9 x - E - G - D - F# - x
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

E E - G# - B
Em E - G - B
E7 E - G# - B - D
Emaj7 E - G# - B - D#
Em7 E - G - B - D
E6 E - G# - B - C#
Em6 E - G - B - C#
E9 E - G# - B - D - F#
Emaj9 E - G# - B - D# - F#
Em9 E - G - B - D - F#
Theoretical order of notes

Comments

Emaj9: The pictured guitar version doesn’t include the fifth (B).
Em9: The pictured guitar version doesn’t include the fifth (B).

Excluding the fifth is a common approach, especially in major and minor chord in which it is the least important tone (interval).


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