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Getting Started On Major Scales

Carl Johnson (141) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

Practicing scale patterns can be one of the most frustrating and boring excersises, especially given that when first learning it, you have no idea why or when you'd ever even need this. One of my favorite ways to practice scales is to do it over a jam track. Once you get over the awkwardness of learning and memorizing the scale pattern itself, try coming up with interesting melodies which sound musical, while playing over a jam track such as the one below. Experiment with phrasing, so that it doesn't sound like you are simply running up and down scales.

The first scale pattern I'm showing you may not look exactly like ones you've seen based on the root position. I like this one because for me it gives a better range, and is more comfortable to play up top.

The first note of the scale is the root, in this case G. So, you can move this scale anywhere on the fretboard to use in any key. In a later lesson, I'll show you how this very pattern can be used as a minor scale, too. So if you think major scales are for sissies, because they are too 'happy' sounding, think again... most of my other lessons, will draw upon and reinforce the knowledge of the major scale pattern, so dive in dude and start jamming!
G Major Scale 1
Getting Started On Major Scales