Playing Chord Scales
A chord scale is playing chords in alpha-order, as we commonly play single tone scales.
Playing chord scales is a primary practice. It tunes our ears to what is inside of a key. It provides the base chords for any key. It creates a solid starter set for figuring out songs or harmonizing melodies.
Our Basic Exercise in Any Key
We get a key’s chords in the hands [typically the triads first], then strum – or fingerpick – them, in order.
Chord scales can be played in fixed positions, in a linear manner, and combinations of these. We start our chord scaling with C Major, fixed position. And, fixed position doesn’t mean absolute finger-fret assignments, but a neighborhood (fretboard zone 1 is frets 0-3, zone 2 is 4-8, & zone 3 is frets 9-13).
All of the chords in the C chord scale are discover-able within the first position scale, which is fixed position.