E Linear R5 Chord Scale
Previously, we went fret by fret with the R5 shape built from E, memorizing the names for each fret. In this session, we will play the linear E Major chord scale, using just these R5 voicings. These are ‘3rd-less’ chords [our ear “fills in the tonality”].
Just as we can play single tone scales in alpha-order, we can play the harmonies which are built from each of the these single tones. To read more about chord scales, see this page, and check out the system.
To keep the tone set in the key of E Major, the seven chord will need to be R-♭5 (the viio is diminished). For the roots on string 6, we can see the 221-2221 at work, just as in the E scale we played previously.
Play the chord scale up and down. We’ve written these as triad names; they could be written as R5s (E5, F♯5, G♯5, etc.).
The same fingerings work down a level – based on the A form. And, down another level to build from D form.