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Why learn one or two scale patterns in a certain key and not all the patterns that complete the key? Knowledge of scales is essential for the aspiring guitarist, and way more valuable you will be knowing the entirety of the key you’re playing in. There are numerous fancy websites out there showing these scales for free. Most are confusing and don’t show how they connect to form the entire key. I have charted all Major And Minor Diatonic scales with seven patterns, identifying positions and root tones. These charts will show you how to play the entirety of any Major or Minor key. Congratulations! you have found the charts you’re looking for. FREE DOWNLOADS
All Major and Minor scales are Diatonic (seven note) scales except for Pentatonic (five note) scales and many others too confusing to mention on this page. Diatonic scales are built on seven notes with the eighth note completing an octave. What determines if the key is Major or Minor is the placement of whole steps and half steps as you build the scale. There are three variations of the Minor scale, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor and one variation for the Major scale. Major and Natural Minor keys share identical scale patterns (natural minor keys are the relative minors to major keys). Then you have the other two minor variations, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor which can be played entirely with seven slightly different scale patterns. The only thing standing between you and the entire circle of fifths is seven scale patterns.
The Harmonic Minor scale is a variation of the Natural Minor scale with 1 1/2 steps between the 6th and 7th degree. The extra long step gives this scale a unique feel and sound and can be played entirely with seven patterns. It’s probably the most difficult of the minor scales to learn and master. Impressed and envious will be everyone once you do.
The Melodic Minor scale is yet another variation of the Natural Minor scale. This scale also offers a unique feel and sound and can be played entirely with seven patterns.
Let’s put an end to the confusion about scales. There is only the Major scale and three Minor scale variations. All else is born from these scales, including modes. They are the foundation for all music. Learn these scales, their root tones and experience the satisfaction of playing in any key anywhere on the fretboard.
Achieving mastery of these scales takes hard work and dedication. Start your journey today with Easy Guitar Scale.