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G major scale lesson part 1

G major scale lesson part 1

Understanding the scale (with charts and exercises)

What is a  scale?

A scale is a series of notes within an octave.

What is the Major scale?

The Major (or Ionian) scale uses the following formula –

Whole step – whole step -half step – whole step – whole step – whole step – half step.

if you play on Just the low E string a whole step is equal to two frets (2 semitones) and a half step is equal to one fret. (1 semitone)

Below are the notes for the C major scale – see if you can understand the method above by playing the notes of the c major scale.

1.C

2.D

3.E

4.F

5.G

6.A

7.B

Finish on C

The notes are numbered 1- 7 .

 

 

Now here is the Major Scale in Every Key

C = C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C
D = D – E – F# – G – A – B – C# – D
E = E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E
F = F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F
G = G – A – B – C – D – E – F# – G
A = A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A
B = B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B
C# = C# – D# – E# (=F) – F# – G# – A# – B# (=C) – C#
Db = Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db
Eb = Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D -Eb
F# = F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# (=F) – F#
Gb = Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb (=B) – Db – Eb – F – Gb
Ab = Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G – Ab
Bb = Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

Look at the chart attached for The G major scale and learn position 1 today and in lesson 2 we will go into more depth.

See attached the G major scale PDF –

Keep practising and in no time you will be able to do loads with this scale alone in one position

G major scale

 

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Steve Vai had an article appear in a 2004 issue of Guitar World detailing his suggested practice regimen. The article was called “Freak Show Excess: Steve Vai’s 30-Hour Path to Virtuoso Enlightenment or How to Destroy Your Pop Career in One Easy Lesson”. Typical Steve Vai humor abounds.

The 30-hour workout is meant to be completed over three days, ten hours each. It’s an update to the original 10-hour workout published in a 1990 GW issue.

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I’ve been practicing up to ten hours a day for the past few months, lifting ideas from Vai’s articles, but I hadn’t attempted to follow his workout precisely until yesterday. I’ll break it down.

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Hour 1: Finger Exercises

The workout begins with a heaping helping of non-musical finger exercises. I normally try to steer clear of these. Steve’s reasoning is that the best path to technical proficiency is to practice something physically awkward to play, working on it slowly until it can be played flawlessly. I completely agree, but I’d rather do that with something I’ll use more often than random chromatic permutations. I gave it a try anyway.

 

This section is divided into a number of different techniques: linear and angular exercises, tapping, sweeping, legatos, etc. I started with linear exercises yesterday. These are single string runs with minimal position or string shifting.

Finger Exercises

Finger Exercises

Hour 2: Scales

The goal here is simple: learn every scale you can in as many fingerings as you can find or create. Obviously tough to do in an hour, but if you spend an hour on this every day for a year, you’ll get somewhere. Steve stresses the importance of learning the sound of every scale you practice and making sure it’s totally flawless before increasing the tempo.

I kept things simple with the E major scale yesterday. I started with a 12th-fret position, 8th notes at 60bpm, and worked my way down the fretboard through all the CAGED and three note per string positions, then all over again with 8th note triplets. I kept the tempo slow so I could be really meticulous about hitting every note exactly how I wanted to.

Hour 3: Chords

The first of three sections was memorizing. I just spent an entire weekend memorizing 7th chords, so I continued. I worked on maj7, 7, m7, and m7b5 on the top four strings, all four inversions.

Hour 4: Ear Training

I already do this every day. Easy-peasy.

I use special ear training software, but Steve has a lot of suggestions for ear training with your guitar alone, most of which involve singing. My throat still hurts from a recent sickness, so I’ll pick them up later.

Hour 5: Reading Music

I do this one every day too. Lemon-squeazy.

Steve’s biggest point in this section is variety. Once you know how to read music, read as many different styles and instruments as you can get your hands on.

He confirmed my belief that the two keys to sight reading are recognising patterns and looking ahead. Different styles and instruments have unique patterns to recognize, so playing a wide variety helps.

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The three scales you must know!

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Aaron here again.

I want to look at the three scales every guitarist should know.  There is never a perfect order to learn these but what I find is students who are confident in using these scales can easily go on and learn different ones and modes. (More on modes in a future blog)

These three scales are all great for pop, rock, jazz and metal.  Basically any modern style of music.  Let’ss have a look at the first one.

The minor pentatonic scale

Well, if you don’t know this you should learn it now!  Best advice you will hear all week.

Scale formula is as follows

Root, b3rd, 4th, 5th, b6th

Or the A minor scale notes are

A, C, D, E, G.

That’s only five notes but more than enough to emulate some of most popular riffs, licks and solos of all time

The blues scale

The blues scale is very similar to the minor pentatonic scale except it has the addition of a b5th note.

Scale formula –

R, b3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th and b6th

A blues scale – A, C, D, D#, E, G

Commonly used in Blues (duh!) music and by players likE Eric Clapton and John Mayer.

The b5th note is amazing for those fast licks.  It is a note often played quickly and adds flavour to an otherwise pentatonic scale.

and finally

The Major scale

There’s a little clip for anyone who remembers it.

The major scale formula is as follows

Root, 2nd, 3rd,4th,5th,6th,7th.

C major as follows

C, D, E, F, G, A, B

The Major scale is great for improvisation, try using the following backing track to come up with melodies and licks for fun.

Use all three scales and listen to the flavour of each scale.

Enjoy!

 

Guitar Harmony Double Stops

Here’s a little window into the guitar technique known as double stops.The double-stop is the simplest way of expressing harmony.Double stops are a nice technique to add to your lead guitar repetoire. They’re pretty simple – where you play two notes/strings together. Another name for them is diads – two notes played simultaneously, whereas chords are 3 or more notes played at the same time.A double stop is a guitar term for playing two notes at the same time. Double stops are used in various styles of guitar playing including the blues, rock, country, metal, and more.There are many different ways to approach playing double-stop solos. You can harmonise in third, fourth, fifth, or sixth intervals.

Double Stops

Major Scale & Major Keys

 Major Scale & Major Keys

What most people call music theory is really just the building blocks and terminologies for musical structures such as keys, scales, chords, and their relationships to one another. A good understanding of these musical configurations enhances ones ability to learn, retain, compose, and improvise music in addition to being able to communicate fluently with other musicians by using proper terms and labels.major-key-chart London Guitar tutorsIt’s beneficial to understand the theory of what you’re playing on the guitar regardless of what style you’re working on, though some musical approaches benefit more from the knowledge of theory than others, such as composing and improvisation. As much as possible, I emphasise music theory in my teaching method, often by analyzing and extracting information from a piece of music that someone is learning and creating exercises based on that information. Some students may desire a more thorough approach to learning the basic structures of music on the guitar which include practicing scales, arpeggios, and chord inversions in every position of every key.Circle-of-Fifths-Keys If this all sounds overwhelming to you, don’t worry! I work with beginners regularly and only include information about music theory as it applies to what you are most excited about learning on the guitar until you are ready or interested in taking it to the next level.