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.
More E chord categories: Em | E7 | Emaj7 | Em7


  • E chord diagram

E barre 1st

  • E barre chord diagram

E barre 2nd

  • E barre chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

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

Chords that sounds good together with E major

The primary chords that sound good in a chord progression with E is: F#m, G#m, A, B, C#m.

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 an E chord consists of is E, G#, B.
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

Written in tab format

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

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