E Major Guitar Scale
We first play a version of the E Major guitar scale using open strings. Then, we’ll play the 3 tones per string version, which is the version that we use in our 7 Majors system.
E Major has 4 sharps: F♯, C♯, G♯, & D♯. It can be viewed as the C scale with all F-C-G-D tones moved to F♯-C♯-G♯-D♯ tones. And/or the A scale with a D♯. This key has another open string that isn’t in the key (the D string); and the open G isn’t in the key either (as in A Major).
This is scale pattern 61 pattern of our 7 Majors scale system and is played in our alpha-tone order (lowest root → highest in pattern → lowest in pattern → back to starting root). We could end the scale on the high E. Make training decisions.
We first train with the scale.
Next, improvise with the E Major scale for a few minutes.
Consider some of the chords which come out of this tone set → E, F♯m, G♯m, A, B, C♯m.
E Major Guitar Scale • 3 Tones Per String
Since the lowest tone is the 1st degree of the scale, this scale is referred to as Ionian.
For our 7 Majors System, we use the 3TPS (3NPS) pattern as the main version, rather than using fingerings which would be based on open strings.