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A Great Learning Chart For Beginners

Roger Davies (770) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

There are people that walk down the street. Hear a car horn, and tell you what key it's in.

I can't do that, but I will be able to help you find what key a song is in, and then play along with it.

Don't expect miracles, it's a learning process. START OFF SLOW AND EASY. With practise it gets easier.

Some of the great teachers on Wholenote will tell you that every song has a chord in it, that sounds like home. Usually that's because it is.

The song generally starts and finishes with that chord. Try a chord progression in C say C,F,G. Finish the progression on F. Nope. Finish on G. Nope. Finish on C. Welcome home baby.

In the context of a song that starts and finishes in C(We are talking major chords) C is the home chord. O.K. let's say you are listening to a song you like, want to play along but have no idea what chord it is in.

On the sixth string (the thickest one) play open E.(doesn't sound right)

Put your forefinger on the first fret F(no).

Second fret Gb (No)

Third fret G (no)

Fourth fret Ab ( no)

Just keep going down to the twelth fret, until you hear what sounds right.

(The Twelth fret because everything starts all over from there. It's the same as playing the six open strings, only an octave higher.)

Now in this example the key of the song is C Major

We are down to the fifth fret A ( That sounds good, howcome? it's not C.)

O.K. keep your index finger on the A (sixth string fifth fret). Now put your little finger on the eighth fret. (sixth string eighth fret). Guess what? It's a C.

Now we have an Index finger telling us the minor and blues scale is A., and a little finger telling us the Major scale is C.

You can play the A minor pentatonic and A blues scale over the C Major chord all day.

I hear you , I hear you.What are the minor and blues scales. Have a little patience and we'll get there shortly. Firstly the minor and blues scales are the same apart from a couple of notes.
minor scale patt


Blues scale patt


Now these patters can be used on every fret. knowing the minor and blues scales allows you to use the scales for runs, fills, or riffs, over the major scale.

Your little finger tells you the Major if you want to put in a few chords.

The chart below should be a help.

The number on the left is the fret.

Then you have the Blues Scale.

The minor.

The Major.

  • Blues Minor Major


  • Fret5 A A C

  • " 6 Bb Bb Db

  • " 7 B B D

  • " 8 C C Eb

  • " 9 Db Db E

  • " 10 D D F

  • " 11 Eb Eb Gb

  • open 12 E E G

  • " 1 F F Ab

  • " 2 Gb Gb A

  • " 3 G G Bb

  • " 4 Ab Ab B

I'm sorry the chart didn't come out as planned. I hope it's still readable.

I know Sharps are used on ascending scales and flats on descending. In this lesson I have used flats.

So learn those patterns and scales and start jamming.

Remember index finger blues and minor.

Little finger Major.

Hope it's been a help,

roger