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Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
F# minor (F#m)iiF#, A, C#
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#
C# minor (C#m)viC#, E, G#

Notice Major chords sound "happy" & minor chords sound "sad".

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Going from a "I" chord to a minor "vi" chord is very common!

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
A Major (A)IVA, C#, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#
C# minor (C#m)viC#, E, G#

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

The I-V-IV progression has a really cool sound, probably because you're going from I = "home", V = "tension", IV = "pushes away".

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
A Major (A)IVA, C#, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.   


I-IV-V is the backbone of country, blues, and rock & roll!  Listen to the way "I" = "home", "IV" = "pushes away", "V" = " tension".

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played. 

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#
Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#
Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

  • E V IV I 070bpm1:51
  • E V IV I 088bpm1:28
  • E V IV I 110bpm1:10
  • E V IV I 132bpm0:58

Track #7: B-A-E

V-IV-I


  • E I vi ii V 051bpm1:59
  • E I vi ii V 064bpm1:35
  • E I vi ii V 080bpm1:16
  • E I vi ii V 096bpm1:03

Track #5: E-C#m-F#m-B

I-vi-ii-V


  • E I V IV 051bpm2:18
  • E I V IV 064bpm1:50
  • E I V IV 080bpm1:28
  • E I V IV 100bpm1:10

Track #3: E-B-A

I-V-IV


Track #2: E-A-B

I-IV-V


Track #1: E-B-E

I-V-I


E Major Chord Jam Track: All E Major

Progression in Roman numerals: I 










  • E I 051bpm1:52
  • E I 064bpm1:30
  • E I 080bpm1:11
  • E I 096bpm0:59
Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
A Major (A)IVA, C#, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
A Major (A)IVA, C#, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

Notice the cool, descending sound of this seemingly backwards V-IV-I progression.  When you hear the "I" chord, think "home"! 

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E Major (E)IE, G#, B
F# minor (F#m)iiF#, A, C#
A Major (A)IVA, C#, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

Figure out the Roman numeral progressions of songs you play!

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Think "home" when you hear "I" chords & think "tension" for "V" chords.  "V" chords OFTEN lead back to "I" chords!  

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.  ("Chord Notes" are the notes that make up each chord). 

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E MajorIE, G#, B

  Now see how many of these chord progressions you can play along with when you don't know which track is coming up next! Use the Roman numerals that show up in the audio player as your clues & practice learning those Roman numerals here!  

  This is where you really start going a long ways towards training your ear and building the muscle memory you need to play songs "on the fly"! 

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#
Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
E Major scaleE
F#
G#A
B
C#
D#

Practice strumming along, adding solos, or playing bass lines with the following tracks.  Muscle memory is the ultimate goal!

All of this page's Tracks on Shuffle!


  • E I IV V 060bpm1:23
  • E V IV I 132bpm0:58
  • E V IV I 110bpm1:10
  • E V IV I 088bpm1:28
  • E I IV V 075bpm1:06
  • E I vi ii V 096bpm1:03
  • E I vi IV V 072bpm1:25
  • E I vi IV V 090bpm1:07
  • E I vi IV V 108bpm0:56
  • E I vi ii V 080bpm1:16
  • E I vi ii V 064bpm1:35
  • E I V IV 100bpm1:10
  • E I V IV 080bpm1:28
  • E I V IV 064bpm1:50
  • E I V I 096bpm0:52
  • E I V I 080bpm1:03
  • E I V I 064bpm1:19
  • E I IV V 090bpm0:55
  • E I ii IV V 108bpm0:56
  • E I ii IV V 090bpm1:07
  • E I ii IV V 072bpm1:25
  • E I 096bpm0:59
  • E I 080bpm1:11
  • E I 064bpm1:30
  • E I 051bpm1:52
  • E V IV I 070bpm1:51
  • E I ii IV V 058bpm1:46
  • E I vi ii V 051bpm1:59
  • E I vi IV V 058bpm1:46
  • E I V I 051bpm1:39
  • E I IV V 048bpm1:44
  • E I V IV 051bpm2:18

  • E I ii IV V 058bpm1:46
  • E I ii IV V 072bpm1:25
  • E I ii IV V 090bpm1:07
  • E I ii IV V 108bpm0:56

Track #6: E-F#m-A-B

I-ii-IV-V


  • E I vi IV V 058bpm1:46
  • E I vi IV V 072bpm1:25
  • E I vi IV V 090bpm1:07
  • E I vi IV V 108bpm0:56

Track #4: E-C#m-A-B

I-vi-IV-V


  • E I IV V 048bpm1:44
  • E I IV V 060bpm1:23
  • E I IV V 075bpm1:06
  • E I IV V 090bpm0:55

  • E I V I 051bpm1:39
  • E I V I 064bpm1:19
  • E I V I 080bpm1:03
  • E I V I 096bpm0:52

Some Key of E Major Chord Progressions

For these key of E Major tracks, try these scales:
E Major: E, F#G#, A, B,
 C#, D# (the notes in white boxes)
E Major pentatonic: EF#G#BC# (the underlined notes)

     See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:

  • Use page 29 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 19-22 of any Essential Edition