E Major Piano Chord

Root
E
3rd
G#
5th
B
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
E
G#
B

The Notes in an E Major Chord

The Root

You'll have no trouble finding the root of an E Major chord, because it's what gives an E Major chord it's name: It's the note E.

The 3rd

The third of an E Major chord is G#. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding G# from E step by step:

  • Start on: E
  • Step 1: move up to F
  • Step 2: move up to F#
  • Step 3: move up to G
  • Step 4: Land on G#
3rd
G#
Root
E
1
2
3
  • F is a minor second above E.
  • F# is a major 2nd above E.
  • G is a minor third above E.
  • G# is a major third above E.

The 5th

The fifth of an E Major chord is B. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding B from E step by step:

  • Start on: E
  • Step 1: move down to D#
  • Step 2: move down to D
  • Step 3: move down to C#
  • Step 4: move down to C
  • Step 5: Land on B
5th
B
Root
E
1
2
3
4
  • D# is a minor second below E.
  • D is a major 2nd below E.
  • C# is a minor third below E.
  • C is a major third below E.
  • B is a fourth below E. The 5th is down a fourth? Confusing, right? The note B is down 5 half-steps from E, but up 7 half-steps from E:
5th
B
Root
E
1
2
3
4
5
6

The Inversions of E Major

Root Position

Root
E
3rd
G#
5th
B
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
E
G#
B

1st Inversion

3rd
G#
5th
B
Root
E
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G#
B
E

2nd Inversion

5th
B
Root
E
3rd
G#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
B
E
G#

Other Major Chords

C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#, Ab, A, A#, Bb, B

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Other E Chords