Guitar Major Scales

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How to Learn Guitar Major Scale Patterns
Guitarists of all levels play melodies, riffs, lead guitar solos and bass lines using major scales. The notes of the major scale cover the whole fretboard. To learn this scale template, players break it up into smaller pieces. Continue Reading

Why Learn Pentatonic and Major Scales Separately?

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Some guitar players wonder why it’s necessary to learn the pentatonic and major scale patterns separately, since the notes of the pentatonic are found within the major scale. Why not just learn the major scale and which notes within it make the pentatonic? There are several good reasons why this won’t work. They include:

 

 

  1. The two scale patterns are often used separately.
  2. The pentatonic scale makes different, unique patterns on the fretboard.
  3. Pentatonic and major scale patterns can be combined in multiple ways.
  4. The two scale patterns often use different technique.

A good analogy could be made using chords. Why learn power chords, major chords, seventh chords and major ninth chords when you can just learn major 9 chords? Major 9s have all the other chords within them. Well, that may be true in theory, but it doesn’t work that way in practice. Each type of chord makes a different shape on the fretboard, requires a different fingering and is used differently.

For more information about why pentatonic and major scales are learned and used separately, see an earlier blog post of mine entitled Pentatonic Scale Patterns Apply Differently Than Major Scales.

To learn more about the pentatonic scale see Fretboard Theory Chapter 2 or Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale DVD.

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Connecting and Creating Different Guitar Major Scale Patterns

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Major scale patterns guitarIn Fretboard Theory Chapter 5, Major Scale Patterns, I explain that there are several different ways to break up the major scale notes into patterns. Since some notes on the guitar are available in more than one position, you can route the pattern in more than one way. For example, the F# in my G major scale pattern 2 is played at the 4th fret of string 4. But the very same note is also at the 9th fret of string 5. Either way it’s the same note and same scale. When you memorize all the patterns and practice connecting them eventually everything will blend together and you’ll shift between patterns and positions seeing the scale more as one unit than 5 pieces.

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Mr. Desi Serna
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