Guitar scales for beginners – quick and easy to learn

  You’ve already learned chords, you already know where the notes are on the fretboard, and now it’s your turn to learn to play the guitar scales. We’ll teach you a quick and easy learning method, ideal for beginners.

Table of Contents

    Learn the musical scales for guitar
    Big guitar scales
        The most common scales on the guitar are:
        Before you start using the scale
        Tones and semitones
    Natural main scale
        Interpretation of the scale structure
        The five positions on the main scale
        Resources for practicing and assimilating positions
    Smaller scales for guitar
        Natural minor scale
            The five positions of the natural minor scale
          Harmonic minor scale
            The five positions of the harmonic minor scale
        Melodic minor scale
            The five positions of the melodic minor scale
    Pentatonic scales
        Pentatonic major scale
            The five positions of the melodic minor scale
        Pentatonic minor scale
            The five positions of the pentatonic minor scale
    Scaled across the guitar fretboard
        Transpose or transport the scale
    Know and understand the scales and positions on the guitar
    Summary of the guitar scales

Learn the musical scales for guitar

Learning to play the scale on the guitar is a fundamental and important point for those who want to master the instrument, compose, improvise, pluck, learn solo, or simply understand what they are playing. Undoubtedly, the scales are an essential tool for learning and improving the performance of the tool.

It’s not a difficult task, it takes time, patience, and study, but it’s not really complex. Indeed, once you learn them, it’s natural, like learning to ride a bike.

I’ve heard and read on a few websites that they’re not fun, but for me, studying scales is something exciting, enriching, and motivating. The more you learn and learn about scales, the more resources you get, the less monotonous you play, the more you want to play, the faster you learn. In my humble opinion, it’s a great virtuous learning cycle. But enough words, let’s get started!

Big guitar scales

The scales are a series of intervals or a specific distance between the notes that make up the scale. That is, a structure where as you learn, depending on where you place it on the fretboard, you play the scale of a particular note.
The most common scales on the guitar are:

    Main scale
    Smaller scales
    Great pentatonic scale
    Small pentatonic scale

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Guitar scale: Soleando with a Telecaster.

Before you start using the scale

If you think getting started is a little tricky. We recommend that you study them in parts or parts and divide them into two or three parts. Once one of the parts is digested, add the next one. When you add the next block you need to make them both sound like a single sequence, it shouldn’t sound like two different parts as everything is on the same scale.

Always remember that it is important not to make strange noises or sound bad when you play a note on the guitar. If so, repeat the process or slow down the process until all notes sound correct. The one who plays slower but clearly and without mistakes is always a better guitarist than the one who plays fast without being understood and / or with many mistakes.

Tones and semitones

To understand the scales, one needs to understand these two concepts, the tone and the semitone, also known as T or ST / S. They are spaces between notes. An ST is the distance between two consecutive notes, which also includes two consecutive frets on the guitar. While one tone is exactly the same as two semitones. So ST + ST = T.

So the distance between C and C # is a single note or an ST, while the distance between C and D is two ST or a T.

With this concept we are now able to move forward.

Natural main scale

The main scale is the simplest of them all. They have been teaching us the DO since childhood. Didn’t you know! If they teach us the supposed 7 grades: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si. In fact, these 7 notes, called natural notes, are simply the 7 notes of the C major scale!

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