E Major Linear Chord Scale
This video block has 4 videos: Fingering 1, Fingering 2, Strum It, & a Progression.
All of the chords are in the key of E Major [I, IV, V are Major; ii iii vi are minor; viio is diminished]. We will leave the 6, 2, & 1 strings open for all of them. By leaving some strings open, we are adding non-chord tones to some of chords, but we won’t be too concerned with exact naming. The chords work for the name [this is, of course, style dependent – these might fall under ‘pretty-style’]. This chord group is also ideal for fingerpicking training.
We first get the chords in our hands. We have options for fingerings. Both work well, and are demonstrated in video 1 & 2 [fingering 1 & fingering 2, respectively].
This is the 3rd video in the player above.
Once we have the chords in our hands, we play the chord scale. We suggest strumming it first. Ascend and descend. Always plan the next chord before moving. See it. Pre-feel it.
Next, a couple of sweet sounding progressions. If either of these work for one of your songs, use them.
This progression is played in the 4th video in the player above.
And, as always, make up your own. Write them down. Experiment.