Chords in the key of E Major

Here we will talk about all the primary and secondary chords appearing within the keys of E Major Scale. Numbering each key, we get:

E F# G# A B C# D# E
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

You can have a look at Piano Chords overview for more clarity on this topic. Now, the primary and secondary chords are:

Primary Triads (Chords) in the Key of E Major

Using the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the scale, we will build the primary triads.

  • Chord I- E Major: E G# B

E Major Chord

  • Chord IV- A Major: A C# E

A Major Chord

  • Chord V- B Major: B D# F#

B Major Chord

Secondary Triads (Chords) in the Key of E Major

Secondary triads are formed on 2nd, 3rd and 6th notes of a scale.

  • Chord ii- F# Minor: F# A C#

F# Minor Chord

  • Chord iii- G# Minor: G# B D#G# Minor Chord
  • Chord vi- C# Minor: C# E G#. This is the tonic of E Major’s relative minor – C# Minor.

C# Minor Chord

  • Chord vii- D# diminished: D# F# A

Extended Chords

We can also build the following four-note seventh chords by using the notes of E Major:

  • E Major 7th: E G# B D#
  • F# Minor 7thF A C# E
  • G# Minor 7th: G# B D# F#
  • A Major 7th: A C# E G#
  • B Dominant 7th (C7): B D# F# A
  • C# minor 7th: C# E G# B
  • D# minor 7th Flat 5th (Em7b5): D# F# A C#

More Chords in different Keys:

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