What’s up guitar fans, Darrin Goodman here from GuitarControl.com with a little guitar lesson for you today on scales.
This is actually the very first scale pattern that I ever learned and I still use it to this day. I find this pattern to be very useful for learning melodies by ear. It is just a major scale and since learning this one I have also learned many other patterns, but I prefer this pattern for figuring out melodies by ear and for playing Arpeggios.
So here are the guitar scale tabs and it is written in the key of “A Major”, but is easily played in any key by simply moving it up or down the fret board.
Since the first note, the “Root Note”, is on the 5th fret of the 6th string, which is an “A”, we are in the key of “A Major”. By simply moving the shape down one whole step so that the first note is on the 3rd fret, “G”, you would now be in the key of “G Major”.
The fingering for the scale is important to be efficient. For the 6th string use your 2nd and 4th fingers, for the 5th string use your first, 2nd and 4th fingers, for the 4th and 3rd strings use your first, 3rd and 4th fingers, for the 2nd string use your 2nd and 4th fingers and finally for the first string use your first, 2nd and 4th fingers.
Be sure to practice the scale in different keys and positions on the fret board and to use “alternate picking” for efficiency, so you can get the most use out of it.
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