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Thread: Major scale

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    Major scale

    Hi,
    Could anyone please help me with some ideas on how to master major scale..
    I want to know how it is used and what i can do with it..

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lespaul_58 View Post
    Hi,
    Could anyone please help me with some ideas on how to master major scale..
    I want to know how it is used and what i can do with it..

    Thank you
    Not sure if I can help on mastering it. But for how it is used, I like playing The Star Spangled Banner in B flat Major. Kinda' fun to throw out on the 4th of July.

    I like to look at the shape of a scale and play the shape, personally. Not the best way to do it from a music theory point of view, really. One should learn what makes a major scale:

    Starting at the root note, we'll say C for simplicity, you do two whole-notes, followed by a half-note, followed by three whole-notes and another half-note.

    whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half

    So you get: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C (there are no notes between E and F, or B and C; i.e. there is no E sharp/F flat, or B sharp/C flat... which is why C major is simple)

    In a tab you would see this as:

    Code:
    e|----------------------------------------------7---8---10------------
    B|---------------------------------------8--10------------------------
    G|-----------------------------7--9--10-------------------------------
    D|-------------------7--9--10-----------------------------------------
    A|---------7--8--10---------------------------------------------------
    E|--8--10-------------------------------------------------------------
    Try to envision the shape those notes make on the fretboard. That makes it easier for me. Do a Google image search for "c major scale shape guitar" to see a picture of it.

    Following this same principal in other keys has the same shape, so you can move that shape down a half step on all strings and you would have B Major.

    Hope that helped some.
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