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7 Major Scale patterns – in C

Last modified on 2010-09-14 12:14:17 GMT. 3 comments. Top.

7 C Major Scale Patterns

Before you open the major scale .pdf, let me give you a quick major scale theory rundown, and it’ll go down much smoother :).

Ok, 1st… I chose the C Major scale because “the math is easier”.
What I mean by that is that the C Major scale is the one major scale that has no flats (b) or sharps (#). If a note doesn’t have a flat sharp next to it, you can also call it a “natural” note. So, here’s what we’re working with:

C D E F G A B C

Next step is to figure out where the half steps (1 fret apart) and whole steps (2 frets) are in this series of notes. The rule is:
***E to F and B to C are 1/2 steps (1 fret), everything else (when you play the notes in order) is a whole step (2 frets)***
This is really important – this one sentence will take you far.

So, here’s what that looks like:

C D E F G A B C
W W H W W W H

One more layer! Now, I’m going to associate a number with these notes. This is CRUCIAL to know in order to understand how the guitar/music works. Here ’tis:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8(1)
C D E F G A B C
W W H W W W H
Once you know these patterns, everything else on the guitar falls into place much easier. Seriously… More on this later..
Click on the link to open the .pdf, and get the goods!

7 C Major Scale Patterns

5 Am pentatonic patterns

Last modified on 2010-09-14 12:12:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

5 A minor Pentatonic PatternsThe minor pentatonic scale shows up in many kinds of music, especially rock and blues. To understand these patterns better, it would be helpful to check out the major scale post above before reading my explanation below.

There is a “formula” for every minor pentatonic, no matter what key you want to play in. Here it is:

1 b3 4 5 b7 1

Well, what does that mean? Ok, pay close attention here if you’re not familiar. To come up with any of the many chords and scales that are available, you first come up with the major scale in that key.

So these patterns (on the .pdf) are in the key of A. So, let’s pull up the A major scale. Remember the whole/half pattern? It’s WWHWWWH, or 2 whole steps-half-3 whole steps-half.

A major scale:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A B C# D E F# G# A
W W H W W W H
(pardon my text formatting, I’m trying to resolve an issue in wordpress)

Next, we apply the formula.
key of A:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A B C# D E F# G# A
W W H W W W W

The pattern again, is:
1 b3 4 5 b7 1 which leads us to…
A C D E G A

Let’s do a walk through of what just happened. The A comes straight from the A major scale since there are no sharps or flats on the 1. The 3rd is flatted, so we bring C# down to C natural. We get both 4 and 5 straight from the major scale – D and E. Last but not least, we have b7. Natural 7 comes down a 1/2 step to G natural.

So, that’s the theory rundown. Now download the .pdf, and get crackin’ with actually playing your guitar :). Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!
Dave

5 A minor Pentatonic Patterns

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