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April 18, 2013

Easy C Scales for Guitar

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Written by: Mike Abbott

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
major scale.

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:

Practicing Tips

  1. Concentrate on your left hand finger technique – Curl your left fingers
    and play on the fingertips
  2. Play the guitar scale with a steady rhythm and let each note ring.
  4. Start using the metronome when you feel more comfortable with a scale.

Guitar Picking patterns

  1. All downs
  2. Alternating (down, up, down, up)
  3. Repeat every note using alternating picking.
  4. Repeat every note three times using alternating (begin each group of 3 with a down pick)
  5. Do each of the above using palm muting

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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