Guitar Major Scales and Patterns - Guitar Music Theory

Guitar Major Scales

Here we are going to know about all the Guitar Major Scales and their Patterns in a very simple way. You only need one simple formula to form any Guitar Major Scale.

So basically Major Scales are very important and you should learn Major Scale before learning any other scales. All the other Scales are mostly based on Major Scale. Remembering any scale is not going to work in the long run. You have to understand the theory behind that.

What are Major Scales?

Major Scales are the base of every other Scale. You can form any scale by using a Major Scale. So there are 12 Major Scales because of course, you know there are only 12 notes in Music that's why there are 12 Major Scales in Guitar. Always keep in mind that Major Scales always sounds happy and vibrant.

We need only one single formula to know all the Major Scales. For e.g. we are going to use the C Major Scale for demonstration. Let's Understand the formula first.

The formula for Major Scales in Guitar:

[ whole - whole - half - whole - whole - whole - half ]
[ tone  - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitone ]
[ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - (1) ]

So in this formula, the whole step is one whole step to another note (e.g. - C to D, B to C#, Eb to F). And the half step is half steps to the next note (e.g. - C to C#, B to C, Eb to E).

By using this formula or pattern you can form any Major Scale you want.

For e.g. - 

So here is the C Chromatic Scale which includes all the 12 notes of music and now we are going to form C major Scale from it.

[ C - C# - D - D# - E - F- F# - G - G# - A - A# - B - (C) ]

Now let's use the formula

[ whole Step - whole step - half step - whole step - whole step - whole step - half step ]

Now let's see what we are getting after applying this formula

[ C - D - E - F - G - A - B - (C) ]

Now you know how we got the C Major Scale by using formula or guitar major scale pattern. Similarly, you can apply this formula to any note and get that Major Scale easily.

Major Scales on Guitar:

A Major Scale - [ A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, (A) ]

B Major Scale - [ B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, (B) ]

C Major Scale - [ C, D, E, F, G, A, B, (C) ]

D Major Scale - [ D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, (D) ]

E Major Scale - [ E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, (E) ]

F Major Scale - [ F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, (F) ]

G Major Scale - [ G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, (G) ]

So now you got the idea of how we get all the Guitar Major Scales by using just one simple formula without remembering all the scales. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment down below.


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