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How to play a major scale anywhere on the guitar in a 10 minute lesson!

July 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Major scales are the building blocks of almost all music including melodies and chords. Today we are going to learn how to play a major scale up one string of the guitar which is the best way to see it visually and often useful in real life improvising and arranging.

1)Tetrachord – A tetrachord is a fancy word for a group of 4 notes. Lets play whats called a major tetrachord.

-Play an F note on the 6th string with your first finger (1st fret)
-Slide the first finger on the 6th string to a G note (3rd fret)
-with your 3rd finger play a A note (5th fret)
-with your pinky play a Bb (6th fret)
-now go back down the same way you came up

Practice this a few time until you can play it with the correct fingers as well as see the whole thing visually. Notice the spaces in between notes and listen to the do, re, mi fa , fa mi re do sound, Congrats, you just played your first tetrachord

#2

Now we will play the same tetrachord starting on the 8th fret

Now place your 1st finger on the 8th fret,
-slide the first finger to the 10th fret
-with the 3rd finger play the 12th fret
-with the pinky, play the 13t fret
-go down the same way you came up

Practice this just like the first tetra-chord until you feel comfortable with it.

#3 Putting it all together:

Now start on the 1st fret and connect the above two tetrachords:

-Play an F note on the 6th string with your first finger (1st fret)
-Slide the first finger on the 6th string to a G note (3rd fret)
-with your 3rd finger play a A note (5th fret)
-with your pinky play a Bb (6th fret)
-Now place your 1st finger on the 8th fret,
-slide the first finger to the 10th fret
-with the 3rd finger play the 12th fret
-with the pinky, play the 13t fret
-go down the same way you came up

 

Congrats you played an F major scale. You can start this on any note on the guitar (presuming you have enough horizontal space). This way of playing scales is used by all the great players. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please fill out our registration page to be connected with a guitar teacher in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens.

 

 

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