“Learning scales” is such a dull phrase. It makes people think about a kid repeating scales again and again on a piano or something. Boring!
But on the guitar, learning scales is a very different beast. It’s so cool to be able to blend lead and chords together and that’s where scales come in.
Also, knowing some scales is the secret to understanding music theory. (So this stuff is far from boring. It’s how you learn to truly understand the instrument.)
If you’re a total beginner, then you can skip this stuff for a few months. It’s not important that you know any of this during your first 5 months of playing guitar. You have bigger fish to fry, like learning chords and strumming with musicality!
5.1 – The C Major Scale (1 octave, open position)
This lesson walks you through the C major scale. The most basic major scale of all.
(This is one of the first major scales that beginner guitarists should learn.)
5.2 – The E Minor Pentatonic Scale (2 octaves, open position)
Mike walks you through one of his favourite scales: The E minor pentatonic scale.
This works well over anything in the key of E minor or G major. (It will also add a cool blues feel to anything in E major.)
5.3 – The A Minor Pentatonic Scale (1 octave, open position)
This lesson will show you how to play the A minor pentatonic scale in its most simple form.
This is a great early minor scale for beginner guitarists to learn (and it often crops up in grade 1 guitar exams).
5.4 – The A Natural Minor Scale (open position, 1 octave)
In this lesson Mike explains how to play the A natural minor scale in an open position.
This is like the ‘full’ version of the pentatonic scale featured in the previous lesson.
(Notice how the two scales sound different. Those extra two notes make a big difference!)
5.5 – The G Major Pentatonic scale (open position, 2 octaves)
This lesson will show you how to play the G major pentatonic scale in an open position.
This is really cool for jamming in the key of G (over chords like G, C, D, Em, Am and Bm).