The Major Scale
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Learning the Major Scale

An important scale to become comfortable with is the Major scale. It is the familiar 'do, re, mi' scale and is commonly used over major, major 7th, and power chords. Also known as the Ionian mode, the major scale is probably the most widely recognized of all the modes.

Learning the Major Scale

Try to become familiar with the sound of the major scale itself, to the point that you can instantly recognize any major scale just by hearing it. This isn't as difficult as it may sound; every major scale sounds more or less the same, regardless of what the root note is. After practicing for just a short while, you'll know exactly what I mean.

A Major Scale Notes = A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A

Use the diagram above to hear and practice the Minor Pentatonic scale. Use the fretboard and tablature vies to find your way.

Understanding Guitar Intervals: The major scale is essentially no more than a series of whole steps and half steps. W = Whole Step = 2 Frets, and H = Half Step = 1 fret.played in the following order:

Major Scale Step Pattern: (W) - (W) - (H) - (W) - (W) - (W) - (H)

C Major Scale Example: C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C

Between C and D is a Wholestep = 2 frets apart. Between D and E is also a Wholestep. E to F is just 1 fret apart which is a half step and so on. This is how the step pattern is created for a particular scale.

Use the resource bar above to play an A Major Jam Track. Try practicing this scale over this rhythm.

Note: Understanding and memorizing certain step patterns will help you navigate around the fretboard more effectively..


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