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Lesson 2: Major Scale Patterns

A comprehensive knowledge of major scale fingerings is incredibly important, yet you'd be surprised at how many guitar players I've come across that really don't have a clue to this information.

The following diagrams show a G major scale broken into 8 forms in various positions on the fretboard. You will want to memorize these patterns. You also need to locate the tonic notes in each form (tonic: the note for which the scale is named, in this case G).

The black dots in the diagrams indicate where your fingers go; the numbers in the black dots indicate which fingers you use.

G Major Scale

Form 1

Form 2

Form 3

Form 4

Form 5

Form 6

Form 7

Form 8

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