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E major Piano Chord - How to Play E major on Piano

E major Piano Chord - How to Play E major on Piano
E major Piano Chord - How to Play E major on Piano

In this lesson you’ll learn how to play every variation of a chord of E major on piano, including its root position, first inversion and second inversion.

E major - Root position

Play chord of E major
E major on piano

The notes required for an E major piano chord are as follows:

  • E
  • G#
  • B

Start by playing two E notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Once you’re comfortable, play a B note in the middle with your left hand second finger.

Then use your right hand to make up the rest of the chord. Play a G# note with your thumb, and a B with your second. Then stretch your fifth (pinkie) finger up to a high E.

E major root position on piano
Here's how it sounds:

How to build a chord of E major

E flat major, like all triads, consists of three notes. This chord is formed by combining the root note, Eb, major third, G and perfect fifth, Bb of the major scale. Eb – G – Bb. In other words, you play notes 1, 3, and 5 of the scale. Play these notes simultaneously and there you have it, an Eb major chord!

All major chords follow the exact same pattern: start with the ROOT note, go up FOUR notes, then go up THREE notes.

But what does this mean in practice? For a chord of Eb major, start with your thumb on the root note (the root note is the name of the chord you're playing - in this case, Eb). The next note is FOUR notes above the root (G). Then the final note is THREE notes above that (Bb).

For example:

  • Start with your thumb on Eb
  • From the Eb, go up FOUR notes to G
  • From the g, fo up THREE notes to finish on Bb

And that's how you build a chord of E major on piano. That's all there is to it!

How an E major chord looks in sheet music

This is a diagram of how a chord of Eb major is written on a score. The Eb sits at the bottom of the chord stack. the G is in the middle, with the Bb sitting at the very top.

Chord of Eb in sheet music

E major - First inversion

Also written as E/G#
E major first inversion on piano

A First Inversion chord of E major uses the exact same notes as the Root Position, but played in a different order. A good way of playing this is with two G# notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Then play a triad chord in your right using the notes B, E and G#.

Here's how it sounds:

E major - Second inversion

Also written as E/B
E major second inversion on piano

Here's how it sounds:
Learn about chord inversions on piano
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