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Natural Major and Minor guitar Scales analyzed from 3 points of view

How can you watch guitar scales from 3 points of view?

It is important to know that by learning this, learning guitar modes or other scales, such as pentatonic scale chart  will be much easier.

By mastering the concepts in this article improvisation and song writing will be much easier also.

It’s simple,  now let’s see how C major scale looks on the fretboard from 3 points of views: degrees, guitar intervals and notes.

Guitar Modes

To play a scale in the key of “G#” ,  place the entire major scale pattern, starting with the first degree, on the “G#” fret. The second degree will naturally fall on “A#,” the third on “C,” and so forth.

Does the guitar scales patterns remain the same ?

As you can see, you ca move the entire major scale pattern anywhere on the guitar fretboard, but only as a whole.

The placement of the entire major scale on the fretboard, can identify the KEY NAME of the scale.

Every scale has two key names, MAJOR or MINOR. The first degree (number 1) indicates the major key. The sixth degree (number 6) indicates the minor key. The 6th degree is also called the relative minor of the 1st degree.

So analyzing the above examples you will notice that C major is the same as A minor, and G# major is same as F minor.

So, if the 1st degree  is the tonic, and the 6th is the minor scale, how do you call the other 5 remaining scales?

Here is where the church modes come in.
What is a mode and what does it have to do with guitar scales?

A mode can simply be thought of as a set of 7 notes. Each mode is an inversion -starts and ends on a different note of the 7 notes- of the Major Scale.

I will cover the church modes in detail in a future article.

As i told you in the “major, minor and chromatic guitar scales” article, now you see why it is more convenient to watch a scale from the degree point of view.

Practice the C major scale and try to focus on the 3 different aspects that i told you above. In time you will naturally know them by heart without even thinking about them.  Remember: ” Perfect Practice Makes Perfect ”

For complete guitar scales mastery you should take a look at

Guitar Scales