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Major Scale in Position on Guitar – Guitar Tip #3

November 10, 2019


Hi everyone I am Ricardo Chiarion and
welcome to my youtube channel today I would like to talk about major scales
and how I practice them within a box so staying in the same position I usually
use a 5 fret box so that I can have an a chromatic instrument so I start for
example today in the position starting from the 5th fret so starting from A on
the low string E starting from A I play just 5 notes and then I move to the
next string so doing this I have a chromatic instrument with all the notes
in this position but without repetitions for the same note only between the 3rd
and the 2nd string I will have the same note in two different positions of my
guitar in these positions it is in this position it is E the E note well to
practice this to practice major scales I start from knowing the notes that I have
in a major scale so for example in this position the lowest note is A so I will
start from the A major scale then I will go up chromatically and I will play B
flat major B major C major D flat major scale and so on always staying in into
the position so if I would like to play the A major scale I have to remember
which notes I have and I can do this just remembering what kind of accidental
I have in this key so this is something that I suggest you to know when you want
to start playing scales on guitar study scales on guitar so in A
major I have F sharp C sharp and G sharp these are the three notes that are
always sharp in A major in A major so starting from A I play A B C sharp D
E F sharp G sharp and A now I just played few notes one octave for A
major but I can go on and play A B C sharp D E F sharp G sharp an A and
I can go on to two notes more so B and C sharp this is the position to play the A
major scale in this box so now I have figured out a way to play all of the
notes of this A major key in this position but I can do the same now for B
flat major for example always staying in this box so in B flat I have to remember
that I will have always B flat as a note and I will also have E flat as a
note as an accidental so starting from A I will play A B flat
C D E flat F G A and B flat we can go on C D E flat F G A B flat and C so as you
can see I play the from starting from the lowest note in the position to the
highest note in the position always from for that scale for that major scale and
of course you can do the same with 12 keys
I suggest – I suggest you to do this because it’s really important to have
all of the keys all of the major keys in the same position under our fingers to
improvise after doing this for 12 keys I don’t want to show this in each key now
because it’s too boring to watch on to watch always someone playing all over
the scales but I would like now to show something different now I will go
looking for just one octave for each major scale so I will start from A one
more time and I will play from the scale the major scale from A to A and then I
will go in B flat I will play it from B flat to B flat then from B to B and from
C to C just one octave so for A major it is like this for b-flat it’s like this for B Natural C
major D flat major D major E flat major E major F major F sharp or
G flat G major A flat major A major B flat major B major C major D flat
major as you see I played more than 12 scales because I want to play all of the
major scales that I can play within an octave so I start from A and I go out I
go up to A then from a I go up to D flat major so I have more scales than 12 and
this is really important because now I’m focusing my attention on roots and the
scale just one octave it’s more precise than playing all of the notes that I
have in the box for that major scale the next step for me is to practice an easy
phrase an easy lick on the major scale and I suggest to you to practice this
lick just to begin it is made like this I play it in A major and I play the
root A the major third C sharp the perfect
fifth E the major 7th G sharp and then I play the root one more time an octave
higher A now I come back and I play F sharp
the major 13 D the perfect fourth B the major ninth and then
the major third one more time C sharp and the perfect fifth E so if I play it a
little bit faster it sounds like this well I transpose now this phrase in each
key so that I will be sure that I know the arpeggio the major seventh arpeggio
root third fifth and major seven and then from the root an octave higher
I come down playing the 13th the eleventh and the ninth I try to do this
now in each key and don’t worry if you don’t understand some something you can
follow the link here below in the description and on my blog I post
something to read with tablatures to understand the concept so I start now
from A then I go to B flat then I go in B
major C major D flat D major E flat major E major F major G flat G
major A flat major A one more time B flat B C major D flat major well this is the
starting point to understand the major scales in position and try to figure out
a way to be ready in each key to improvise well I hope you like this
lessons this little tip and I hope you would like to subscribe share and maybe
like these videos and thank you for your your attention and see you next tip bye

2 Comments

  • Reply Telmo Mendes October 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Just a wonderful lesson 🙂 Very nice. Thank you

  • Reply kebbius K October 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Bella lezione

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