Major Guitar Scales – Learn This Pattern

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There are a couple different types of major guitar scales, but the diatonic and the pentatonic are the most common.

Diatonic means seven notes, as opposed to pentatonic, which means five notes.

Today’s lesson is on the diatonic major scale, and it really is an important scale.

Some tips for playing your guitar scales:

  • Use alternate picking (down up down up down up) as it will increase your speed.
  • Keep your fingers each lined up with a fret so you’re not moving around more than you need to.
  • Use your fingertips wherever possible for good form.

Remember, all the major guitar scales also work together very well with their relative minor scales – something to keep in mind when you’re soloing. This particular lesson is in the key of G major, so that means that E minor would be the relative minor scale.

 Major Guitar Scales Lesson:

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2 Responses to “Major Guitar Scales – Learn This Pattern”

  1. Israel December 5, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Some of us have to really listen to the sound of the chords, but a “Close up” of your left had playing  the chords would’ve been better for me. Thank you anyway!!!!

  2. Damaged262 July 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Israel. I run my computer feed through my television and can easily see what he’s doing. It’s a bit of a pain, I have to deal with transitions with my mac and the tv, but it’s very much worth it. I get your point, for me, I’d like to see it reversed to mirror what my hands do, but I’m still growing from it. Better than a stick in the eye and about $1k of lessons blown on a course by some neighborhood guy who wants me to learn as slowly as possible, thus providing him/herself with an on going income. I’ve been there and made almost no progress. So, just hook up a hdmi to the tv, you’ll be happy you did.

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