E chords for guitar

E → E13

Chords in E

All E chords are derived from the E Major Scale which consists of 4 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D# and reads: E - F# - G# - A - B - C# - D#

E Major key signature
Scale of E Major
E F# G# A B C# D#
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
  9th   11th   13th  

E - E major (1-3-5)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B)


E7 - E seventh (1-3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D)


Em - E minor (1-b3-5)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), 5th(B)


Em7 - E minor seventh (1-b3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), 5th(B), b7th(D)


Emaj7 (E Δ 7 ) - E major seventh (1-3-5-7)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), 7th(D#)


Esus4 (Esus) - E suspended fourth (1-4-5)

Spelling: 1st(E), 4th(A), 5th(B) - No third


E7sus4 (E7+4) - E seventh suspended fourth (1-4-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(E), 4th(A), 5th(B), b7th(D) - No third


E6 - E sixth (1-3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), 6th(C#)


Em6 - E minor sixth (1-b3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), 5th(B), 6th(C#)


E9 - E ninth (1-3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D), 9th(F#)


Em9 - E minor ninth (1-b3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), 5th(B), b7th(D), 9th(F#)


Emaj9 (E  ⃤  9 ) - E major ninth (1-3-5-7-9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), 7th(D#), 9th(F#)


E6/9 - E six 9 OR E major sixth added ninth (1-3-5-6-9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), 6th(C#), 9th(F#)


E7#9 (E7+9) - E seventh augmented ninth (1-3-5-b7-#9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D), #9th(G)


E7b9 (E7-9) - E seventh flat nine or E seventh minor ninth (1-3-5-b7-b9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D), b9th(F)


Eaug (E+) - E augmented (1-3-#5)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), #5th(C)

More on augmented chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions.


E7#5 (E7+5) - E seventh augmented fifth (1-3-#5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), #5th(C), b7th(D)


Edim (Eº) - E diminished (1-b3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), b5th(Bb)


Edim7 (Eº7) - E diminished seventh (1-b3-b5-bb7)

Spelling: 1st(E), b3rd(G), b5th(Bb), bb7th(Db)

More on diminished 7th chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions... the 1st position is the most popular.


E-5   E diminished fifth (1-3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), b5th(Bb)


E7b5 (E7-5) - E seventh diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), b5th(Bb), b7th(D)


E9b5 (E9-5) - E ninth diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), b5th(Bb), b7th(D), 9th(F#)


E11 - E eleventh (1-3-5-b7-9-11)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D), 9th(F#), 11th(A)


E13 - E thirteenth (1-3-5-b7-9-13)

Spelling: 1st(E), 3rd(G#), 5th(B), b7th(D), 9th(F#), 13th(C#)

Please Note: Because 13th chords are made up of 7 notes, they are impossible to play on a 6 string guitar. In the charts above we have not included the 11th note as this is a dominant 13th chord and the 11th note (A) conflicts with the 3rd note (G#) by a semitone.

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