The E major scale is a very popular scale in music. The major scale itself is very important because everything stems from it when it comes to theory, but some keys are more popular than others. I’ll show you how to do this scale in 2 positions.
The open position and the 7th position. The open position uses the open E string as the starting point, and the 7th position E can be found on the 7th fret of the A string. The E Major scale has 4 accidental found at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th degrees. (E F# G# A B C# D#)
To get a major scale from this E, I must follow the pattern of intervals Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Whole, Half. (WWHWWWH). Where Whole steps mean two frets and half steps mean one fret.
E Major in the 7th position of the A fret
- First, play the 7th fret of the A string, the starting E.
- The second note is F#, which is found one whole step up on the 9th fret.
- The 3rd degree is a G# which is found on the 6th fret of the D string.
- Next, we will play the 7th fret of the D string, an A.
- The 5th degree is a whole step up on the 9th fret of the D string, B.
- The next note is on the 6th fret of the G string, C#.
- The 7th degree is another accidental, a D#. This is on the 8th fret of the G string.
- Finally, we come to the octave of the first E, the 9th fret of the G string.
E Major Scale with Open E
- First, we will play the open E string
- Second, play the F# found on the 2nd fret of the E string
- Next, play the G# on the 4th fret of the E string
- Move up to the next string A, and play it open.
- Then play the 2nd fret of the A string, B.
- Next, play the 4th fret of the A string, C#.
- The 7th degree of this scale is a D#, our 4th and final accidental, found on the 1st fret of the D string.
- Finally, we will play the second fret of the D string, which is the octave of the open E we started with.