Major Scale All Over The Neck - Acoustic Lead Guitar #2


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There are 5 positions that we can play the major scale on guitar (in the previous lesson, we learned position 1, which is by far the most common). 

Learning all 5 positions will enable you to play the major scale all over the neck. However, this can take a long time to learn. 

A higher priority at this stage and in the course is to learn to create melodies and make music from the notes we already know. 

To do this, we can play notes from position 1 all over the neck very easily, and this lesson will show you how to do just that.


Before we start, it's good to know what an octave is. An octave is the distance (aka interval) between two notes that have the same letter name. 

For example, the C major scale has the notes C D E F G A B C, with the first and last C notes being an octave apart.

#1 C Major Scale First Five Notes - First Octave

In these diagrams, the numbers represent which fingers to use. The notes actually played are C, D, E, F and G, which are the first 5 notes of the major scale.



#2 C Major Scale First Five Notes - Second Octave

The notes written in dark grey are the first 5 notes of the major scale, but an octave higher the the first set of notes. The notes actually played are still C, D, E, F and G.


#3 C Major Scale First Five Notes - Third Octave

The notes written in light grey are the first 5 notes of the major scale, but two octaves higher the the first set of notes. The notes actually played are still C, D, E, F and G.


The real advantages of learning using this method are;

  1. Each group of notes uses the same finger motions, making each one simple to play
  2. As the letter names of the notes are the same at each octave, we can learn what these notes will sound like when we play them, making for an easier transition into improvisation and melody writing.


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