Learn Beginner Guitar Scales | The Major Scale

Learn Beginner Guitar Scales | The Major Scale

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Learn Beginner Guitar Scales | The Major Scale


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The Major scale is one of the most important beginner guitar scales. All the other scales and modes are based on the Major scale, so it's vital that you learn it.

When you are learning beginner guitar scales, the first one you will most likely learn is the pentatonic scale. After the pentatonic major and minor scales, the Major scale is the most important guitar scale to learn. It allows you to start improvising and writing guitar solos over major chords, and opens the door to all the other scales and modes you will need to learn.

The Major scale on guitar is the scale that you will need to know to easily learn the modes. Once you have the Major scale down, playing the modes becomes easy. All the modes are derived from the Major scale, so you need to learn this scale!

In this lesson we are going to learn the A Major scale. But don't worry, I show you how you can easily play this scale in ANY key.

The Major scale is a diatonic scale, meaning it has 7 notes. These notes repeat all over the guitar fretboard, so once you have the intervals and patterns learnt, you will be able to play it anywhere on the guitar neck, and in any key.

When you learn guitar scales you will come up against some terminology that you will need to understand. In particular we refer to half steps and whole steps. On the guitar a half step is a distance of 1 fret. A whole step is a distance of 2 frets. This is notated as H for a half step, and W for a whole step.

The formula to construct a Major scale is:
W W H W W W H

I explain all this in the video and give you all the notes you need to know to play an A Major scale on guitar.

I show you two ways to play the A Major scale, both are great beginner guitar scale patterns that you can easily learn and play.

I also show you how to take the scale and make it into actual music, with sound demos.


About the Author

Owen Vickers is a professional guitarist and online guitar teacher (exclusively for Guitar Mastery Method). Owen has played and taught guitar for over 25 years. He spends much of his spare time playing many different sports. He currently lives in his home country of New Zealand.