|Parallel key||E minor|
|Dominant key||B major|
|Subdominant||A major, D major, G major, C major, F major|
|Notes in this scale|
|E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D♯, E|
E major is hard for wind instruments to play. It is quite good for violin, because two of the open strings are A and E, the tonic and subdominant. Other orchestral string instruments can play well in it, and it is also good for the guitar. When writing in E major, clarinets in A should be used instead of clarinets in B-flat to make it easier to play. This is because clarinets are transposing instruments.