The E Major scale contains the following notes:

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

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 the note E feels like a sort of ‘home’ note..

There are 4 sharps in the E Major Scale:

F# – G# – C# – D#

The relative minor of E Major is C# minor.

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 identical scales (which they are).

E Major Scale in the Open Position

Let’s look at the E Major scale in the open position (notes and tabs).

E Major Scale Open Position Frets
E Major Scale Open Position Notes

5 CAGED Positions for E Major Scale

Now let’s look at the 5 different positions along the fretboard.

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E Major Scale in the 4th Position (lowest fret is 4)

E Major Scale 4th Position Frets
E Major Scale 4th Position Notes

E Major Scale in the 5th Position (lowest fret is 5)

E Major Scale 5th Position Frets
E Major Scale 5th Position Notes

E Major Scale in the 8th Position (lowest fret is 8)

E Major Scale 8th Position Frets
E Major Scale 8th Position Notes

E Major Scale in the 11th Position (lowest fret is 11)

E Major Scale 11th Position Frets
E Major Scale 11th Position Notes

E Major Scale in the 12th Position (lowest fret is 12)

E Major Scale 12th Position Frets
E Major Scale 12th Position Notes

How to Use the E Major Scale

For the purpose of improvising, the E Major scale can be used over the E Major chord, the E Major 7 chord, as well as other chords within the key of E Major.

Chords in the Key of E Major

The key of E Major contains the following chords (triads and 7th chords):

Modes Of The E Major Scale

There are 7 modes in the key of E. We can produce these modes by playing the notes of the E Major scale, while starting on different notes of the scale. For example, to play the F# dorian mode, we start on the note F# and then play the notes of the E Major scale. To play the C# Aeolian mode, we start on C# and play through the notes of the E Major scale.

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

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