E (musical note)

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E is the third note of the C major scale, and mi in fixed-do solfège. It has enharmonic equivalents of F♭ (which is by definition a diatonic semitone above E) and Ddouble sharp, amongst others.

When calculated in equal temperament with a reference of A above middle C as 440 Hz, the frequency of Middle E (E4) is approximately 329.628 Hz. See pitch (music) for a discussion of historical variations in frequency.

Designation by octave[edit]

Scientific designation Helmholtz designation Bilinear music notation Octave name Frequency (Hz)
E-1 E͵͵͵ or ͵͵͵E or EEEE (-uE) Subsubcontra 10.301
E0 E͵͵ or ͵͵E or EEE (-vE) Subcontra 20.602
E1 E͵ or ͵E or EE (-wE) Contra 41.203
E2 E (-xE) Great 82.407
E3 e (-yE) Small 164.814
E4 e′ (zE) One-lined 329.628
E5 e′′ (yE}) Two-lined 659.255
E6 e′′′ (xE) Three-lined 1318.51
E7 e′′′′ (wE) Four-lined 2637.02
E8 e′′′′′ (vE) Five-lined 5274.041
E9 e′′′′′′ (uE) Six-lined 10548.082
E10 e′′′′′′′ (tE) Seven-lined 21096.164

Common scales beginning on E[edit]

  • E Major: E F G A B C D E
  • E Natural Minor: E F G A B C D E
  • E Harmonic Minor: E F G A B C} D E
  • E Melodic Minor Ascending: E F G A B C D E
  • E Melodic Minor Descending: E D C B A G F E
  • E Dorian: E F G A B C D E

F flat[edit]

F is a common enharmonic equivalent of E, but is not regarded as the same note. F is commonly found after E in the same measure in pieces where E is in the key signature, in order to represent a diatonic, rather than a chromatic semitone; writing an E with a following E is regarded as a chromatic alteration of one scale degree.

See also[edit]