Salutations, guitarists! Today we’re going to explore the infamous guitar scales. They are a key to any guitarist’s skillset. They help one understand the workings of chords and notes, as well as making them prepared for more situations in which they need to improvise what they play. Despite how substantial knowing your scales are, you would be shocked to know just how many guitarists just don’t know them! I’ve even been instructed in the past by really good players who had absolutely no knowledge of them.
Understand that learning a guitar scale isn’t always easy work, and reading one can prove to be a challenge as well. Some people even give up on scales altogether because they have trouble. Because of this, I have collected a few scales written in guitar tablature, so not only will they be easy to read, they will also be easy to understand.
The most common scales in all of guitar playing are the major scales. They are vital to your repertoire, and will increase your skill exponentially by learning them. Above is the C major scale. Just by looking at which notes to play, it’s easy to detect a pattern. Just below is the G major scale, which follows a similar progression to the C.
Here’s where the tablature really comes handy. Pentatonic scales are some of the harder scales to get right, despite only adding a single note to a major scale. It can further confused those who are reading it by means of a diagram. The tab above will help guitarists not be scared of learning these scales, and becoming familiar with them will become much more easier.
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Hopefully these new ways of reading scales will help you in your quest to become a master of guitars. You can find virtually any other scale written in this format online, so I would further encourage you to do so. A wise man once said, “The only enemy of good is good enough.” Don’t settle for just being good enough with your chords. Learn your scales.
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