E Major Scale Positions On The Guitar Fretboard

The E Major Scale is a great scale to be familiar with on the guitar. The lowest note on the guitar (6th string open) is E, so in many ways it feels like the default key.

There are 4 sharps in the E Major Scale:
F# – G# – C# – D#

The notes in the key of E are as follows:
E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

If you want to revise your theory on major scales and their application on the guitar, check out the posts what is a major scale and major scale positions on the neck.

If you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the E major scale is effectively the same scale as the E ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat E ionian and E major as an identical scale.

Positions On The Guitar

Of course, we want to be able to play the E major scale in all positions on the fretboard. Firstly, the open position is played like this:

E Major Scale Open Position Frets

E Major Scale Open Position Notes

Now to look at the 5 different postions along the fretboard.

The first one is in the 4th position (the lowest fret is fret 4)

E Major Scale 4th Position Frets

E Major Scale 4th Position Notes

The next one is in the 5th position (the lowest fret is fret 5)

E Major Scale 5th Position Frets

E Major Scale 5th Position Notes

The next one is in the 8th position (the lowest fret is fret 8)

E Major Scale 8th Position Frets

E Major Scale 8th Position Notes

The next one is in the 11th position (the lowest fret is fret 11)

E Major Scale 11th Position Frets

E Major Scale 11th Position Notes

The last one is in the 12th position (the lowest fret is fret 12)

E Major Scale 12th Position Frets

E Major Scale 12th Position Notes

There you have all the positions along the fretboard for the E Major Scale.

For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.

Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.

Here are the 7 modes in the key of E Major:

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