In this guitar lesson
you will learn the C Major and C minor guitar
scale – two of the most basic,
open position guitar scales. Learn the
shape and sound of each one slowly – it will pay off in the future!
Let’s begin with what is the Big Daddy of all scales – The C
Major Scale. There are 12 keys in music as we know it (see
Music Theory Basics). The key of C major, which is created from the C major scale,
is special because it has no sharps or flats. This makes it a very easy
scale to learn – C D E F G A B. These are the 7 notes, just like every
The C melodic minor scale is just one note different
from the C Major. The 3rd note of the C Major scale is lowered by a half
step (1 fret) to create a C melodic minor scale.
Here are the scales:
- Concentrate on your left hand finger technique – Curl your left fingers
and play on the fingertips
- Play the guitar scale with a steady rhythm and let each note ring.
- ALWAYS PLAY EACH SCALE SLOWLY AT FIRST!
- Start using the metronome when you feel more comfortable with a scale.
Guitar Picking patterns
- All downs
- Alternating (down, up, down, up)
- Repeat every note using alternating picking.
- Repeat every note three times using alternating (begin each group of 3 with a down pick)
- Do each of the above using palm muting