E Major scale

the E Major scale has just a four sharps (4 ♯) and according to the order of sharps they are the F sharp, the C sharp, the G sharp and the D sharp (F♯, C♯, G♯ & D♯).
The names of the notes in the E Major scale are: E F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D♯

E major scale

Like all other major scales, E major scale is composed by this sequence of whole steps and half steps united states of america (tones and semitones united kingdom):

united states of america:1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step

united kingdom: 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone

whole steps and half steps in E major scale

Key signature of E major scale

The key signature of E Major has four sharps (4♯).

key signature 4 sharps

E Major scale in most common clefs


Here is E Major scale in most common clefs: treble clef, bass clef, tenor clef and alto clef.

E Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

Below is the E major scale in treble clef:

E Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

E Major scale in bass clef

Below is the E major scale in bass clef:

E Major scale in bass clef

E Major scale in alto clef

Below is the E major scale in alto clef:

E Major scale in alto clef

E Major scale in tenor clef

Below is the E major scale in tenor clef:

E Major scale in tenor clef

Scale degrees of E major

The degrees of E major scale are:

E : degree I (Tonic)
F♯ : degree II (Supertonic)
G♯ : degree III (Mediant)
A : degree IV (Subdominant)
B : degree V (Dominant)
C♯ : degree VI (Submediant)
D♯ : degree VII (Leading Tone)

Closely related keys of E Major

Closely related keys of E Major are:

- A Major
- B Major
- F sharp minor
- C sharp minor
- G sharp minor

Relative minor key of E Major

The relative minor key of E Major is C sharp minor and below if the C sharp minor natural scale:

C shar natural minor scale

Parallel Key of E Major

Parallel Key of E Major (or homonymous key) is E minor scale, here is the E harmonic minor scale :

E harmonic minor scale

Leading Tone of E Major

The leading Tone of E Major is D sharp, because D sharp is the degree VII and is distant to a seventh major of the tonic, or an half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) lower than the tonic).

Chords of E major scale

Here are triad chords for E Major scale:

Chord I : E Major (Notes: E G♯ B)
Chord II : F♯ minor (Notes: F♯ A C♯)
Chord III : G♯ minor (Notes: G♯ B D♯)
Chord IV : A Major (Notes: A C♯ E)
Chord V : B Major (Notes: B D♯ F♯)
Chord VI : C♯ minor (Notes: C♯ E G♯)
Chord VII : D♯ diminished (Notes: D♯ F♯ A)

E major scale on a piano

Below is the E major scale on a piano:

E major scale on a piano

You will notice that only the white piano keys are used. Music notes must be played successively from left to right to obtain the ascending scale, or from right to left for the descending scale.

E major triad chord

The E major triad chord as a root note (E), a major third (E / G sharp) and a perfect fifth (E / B):

E major perfect chord triad

And below is the E major triad chord on a piano keyboard:

E major triad chord on a piano

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in E major

Here is an Authentic cadence united states of america (perfect cadence united kingdom) in E major :

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in E major

E major scale video

Here is a E major scale video:

E major on the circle of fifths

You can find E major on the circle of fifths and its key signature, relative minor key and closely related keys :
circle of fifths

Famous works E major

Here are some works by famous composers composed in E major:

The Four Seasons (Spring) by Vivaldi

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi has several movements, and the movement Spring is composed in E major. Here is an excerpt recorded in 2011 by the Wichita State University Chamber Players conducted by John Harrison (source, License Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

The Four Seasons (Spring) by Vivaldi

test your knowledge

How much sharps in E major?

  • Not enough for me
  • 2♯
  • 3♯
  • 4♯

What is the relative minor of E major?

  • C sharp minor
  • G sharp minor
  • E minor
  • A minor

What is the dominant note in E major?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G

What are the major chords of E major?

  • degrees I II and III
  • degrees IV V and VI
  • degrees I IV and V

What are the minor chords of E major?

  • degrees I II and III
  • degrees II III and VI
  • degrees I V and V
E Major key signature

E Major key signature

What is the key signature of E major? How many sharps are in the key of E major key? Here is the answer:

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