E Chord on Piano: Notes, Finger Positions & How To Play E Major Chord

An E chord on piano is a major chord (built on the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the major scale) and is made up of the notes E G# and B

The E major piano chord is a really common chord to come across and one that is essential to have down - especially if playing with guitar players. 

On this page, you'll find:

  • the E chord notes
  • finger position for E major chord
  • a video of how to play E
  • E chord inversions
  • E/G#
  • E/B
  • some chord theory
  • and how to play in the key of E major

E Chord Piano Notes

The notes that make up an E chord are E G# and B.

E Chord On Piano

These notes don't always need to be in this order but in general, try to play all of them somewhere on the piano. 

I'd recommend using E as the very lowest note in the left hand. I usually play the chord in my right hand and the E as a bass note in the left hand. 

It's always a good idea to start playing a new chord, like the E chord on piano in root position. 

How To Play E Piano Chord & It's Sound

Here's a quick video tutorial on how to play E major chord and what it should sound like. 

E Chord Piano Finger Position

E Chord Finger Position

Play the E chord in root position (E G# B) with your thumb (finger 1), middle finger (finger 3) and pinkie (finger 5).

This is a standard fingering for chords in root position and a great position to get into your muscle memory. 

E/G# Chord

There are a few variations on the E chord like E/G#. 

When you see the E/G# chord, it means to play the G# as the lowest note in your left hand, or in the bass. 

This gives the chord a slightly different sound and emphasis and so I'd recommend using this variation when you see it. 

E/B Chord

When you see E/B, it means to play B as the lowest note in your left hand. B is your bass note and you play the rest of the E chord notes (E and G#) above that. That can be done in any order. 

Whenever you see a slash, always play the note after the slash as the lowest note or your bass note. 


When you play the E chord on piano, you can play it in any variation but there are some standard inversions - basically positions to play the chord in - that are useful to learn and feel comfortable with. 

E Chord Inversions

The root position (basically home position) of E is: E G# B

First inversion is: G# B E

Second inversion is: B E G#

Chord Theory for E Major Chord

Major chords are built on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a major scale. 

So, in the case of the E chord, it's built of those degrees of the E major scale. 

The E major scale (see below also) has the notes E F# G# A B C# D# E.

So you see, E, G# and B are notes 1,3  and 5.


How Do You Play in Key E

If you are playing the E chord in the key of E, (and the E chord does show up in other keys as well like A and B), you need to play within the key signature of E. 

The key of E has 4 sharps, so you need to remember what those are when you're playing. These notes are F#, C#, G#, D#. 

If you need more help understanding key signatures, visit the key signatures page.

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