Chord Spelling: E – G# – B
Scale Intervals: 1 – 3 – 5
Name Variations: E – E Major – Emaj
The E major chord is made up of the notes E, G# and B. The chord diagram shows the E major chord in the open position of the guitar. All six strings are strummed when we play E major in the open position.
To play the chord, place your middle finger on the second fret of the A string – this is the B note. As before, the notes of the chord are coloured in orange; the grey notes show us how to count up to our target note and are not played in the chord.
Next, place your third (ring) finger on the second fret of the D string to play the E note:
Finally, place your first (index) finger on the first fret of the G string to play the G#.
All six strings are strummed when we play the E major chord, so our final shape looks like this:
The image below shows how to play the E major chord: