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Major Scale Pattern 1 (Guitar Lesson IM-113) How to play IF Stage 1

January 19, 2020

Hi, how you doing? Justin here again. Welcome to IM-113, where we’re checking out
the major scale position 1. Now for those of you that are following on
from the beginners course this will be the first look at a major scale. And I want to share with you
a couple of principles about learning scales,
before I show it to you, Which are really, really important.
And the big one, and it’s a really, really, really important skill
that you should develop. Which is when you are learning scales
you do it slowly and accurately. Now the reason for this is that
as you are learning a scale, it’s like programming
a new kind of code if you think about how complex
it is playing a scale, the amount of neurons
that have to fire off in your brain to tell exactly what finger to move where and the pick hand to pick
at just the right time. That’s a whole lot of code,
if you like, that your brain has to send
down to your fingers. Now, if you get it right
from the very beginning, and you make sure that your fingers go
in the right frets at the right time and, you know, you get it 100% correct, when you’re finished learning the scale, and you’ve played it through
maybe 4 or 5 times really slow, you can then tell your brain: “Hey do that thing I’ve just been doing, but do it faster, please.”
And you won’t have any problems. It really works like that. If you start making mistakes at the beginning, and you play it,
and put one finger down and lift it off and put the right finger back on
and pick the wrong string and all of this sort of stuff, it means that it’ll take you an awful lot longer
to learn the scale. And this is probably the most important thing
you can get from this lesson, it’s this technique of doing things really slowly and getting it right at the beginning. Don’t pollute your mind
with the things that are wrong, and just, if you get it right from the beginning, you’ll have a lot smoother journey
all the way. As I show you this scale, I want you to go on the web site,
have a look at the diagram and do it yourself real slow.
Really slowly. You might feel a bit ridiculous
doing it so slowly, that’s how slowly you should be doing it. Like, looking at my diagram and go: “OK, It’s the 2nd finger, and it’s on the 3rd fret
of the thickest string.” “So it’s the 2nd finger, the 3rd fret,
of the thickest string, is that right?” “Yeah, that’s good, OK.”
Then play the note. Then look at the next one,
and go: “OK now, it’s the little finger
on the same string,” “OK that’ll be that one there, OK” “Let’s check, yeah that’s it.”
That kind of thing, REALLY slow. And it might feel a little frustrating, especially for you guys
that are teenagers. Now I never did this,
I’ve got to be honest. when I was learning scales and stuff,
I just used to rush through them all the time. But I also made loads of mistakes which took years, and years, and years,
of practice to get through and start playing them
the right way every time. The more mistakes you make,
the more often those little mistakes sneak in, just when you don’t want them to. It really makes a big difference
if you can learn it right from the beginning. So, that’s really important. Second thing I want to mention: make sure that you play with your fingertips. Now, this is one of those things
that you need to do at this stage, but later on,
we might start changing it a little bit, because eventually your fingers will have
more than one task. They’re not just playing the note but they’re also probably muting some stings
and stuff like that as well But, at this stage you really want to be playing
right with your fingertips. The same part of your fingers
that you want to be using for the chords. Right on the ends, make sure your fingers are
nice and round all the time keeping it technically really solid
would be an excellent, excellent idea. Now the other thing that I want to mention
is learning one position at a time. We’re just learning now major scale,
position 1. I want to teach you major scale,
position 1: how to use it, how to play it. Be able to make up a little solo
with Major scale position 1 before you think about learning
any other positions. This is really important. The amount of times I’ve met guitar players
that can play 5 positions of the major scale all up and down the neck, but can’t do even a simple basic solo with any one them, it’s just unbelievable.
It happens all the time. I’m forever meeting people
who say the same thing, “I know all my scales, but I can never make music
from them, I can’t play a solo.” Don’t learn 5 positions if you can’t make music
out of one of them. Learn this one position
and make sure you stick with this one position, before you start trying to learn
other different positions. Make music out of that position 1. It’s really possible, you don’t have to know
lots of positions to make up a good solo. You only need one.
You don’t even need one really, you just need a good ear. But you need to be able
to use that one properly, right? Really, really important. Next really, really important thing
— there’s a few of them, sorry — is that we’re going to start and end
on the lowest root note. Now the root note for the scale is the same as chords
and with the barre chords, where we have one note which determines
the note name of the scale. That’s exactly the same with the scale
we’re about to learn now. We’re going to learn G Major scale. And we’re gonna be starting with our 2nd finger
in the 3rd fret of the 6th string. And that’s the note G, as you hopefully remember from
your barre chord playing. And starting on that note G, will give us — at the 3rd fret —
will give us the G Major scale. . . . If we started with that 2nd finger
on the 8th fret What’s the note on the 8th fret
of the thickest string? C, well done. If we started with the 2nd finger
up on the 8th fret. . . . We’d have the C Major scale. So, in effect by learning
this one major scale, you’re in fact learning
all of the Major scales. One of each,
one position of each Major scale. Which is a pretty cool thing. And this is the idea of using a root note and then just having to move
that scale around. Being able to move a scale around the neck
is obviously really important, to be able to play every scale in every key
is kind of the long term aim. And that’s why we make sure that
when we’re practicing the scales we always start and end
on the lowest root note. This is also something
I think is really important. A lot of people kind of get off
on the wrong foot or get shown by someone
not to do it this way. I really think it’s important. The reason for that is that you learn
where to move your scale shapes too, to create a different scale
straight away, you know. If you know the root note is there,
with the second finger, and you want to move it to a D Major scale,
you know to move it up to the 10th fret. The idea is very simple, and you should hold this with
every scale that you learn. Every new scale, you start and end
on the lowest root note. In this case,
we’re going to be starting on the note G. . . . Going up as high as we can. . . . Down as low as we can, and then back up
finishing on the note G. We sound like this: . . . Really important, starting and ending
on the lowest root note. You can also hear it. You can hear as well this,
“do ré mi fa sol” thing. Do ré mi fa sol la si do.
Do ré mi fa sol la si do. If it doesn’t sound like that, hopefully you know this
“sol fa” scale, it’s called. If you know the sound of that, and your scale doesn’t sound like that,
you’ve made a mistake. Go and check it right away. Make sure you let your ears switched on
while you’re learning the scale as well. OK, that’s more than enough
talking from me. Sorry for those of you that just go like:
“Just get on with it.” We’re going to get on with it right now, let’s go to a close up and check out
G Major scale in position 1. We’re starting off here with the 2nd finger
in the 3rd fret of the thickest string. Then we’re going to add the little finger
in the 5th fret. Next string, we’re going to have the 1st finger
in the 2nd fret. Second finger in the 3rd fret. and little finger in the 5th fret. Next string,
we’re on the 4th string now. First finger in the 2nd fret. Third finger in the 4th fret. Little finger in the 5th fret. Next string,
we’re now on the G string: First finger in the 2nd fret. Third finger on the 4th fret. Little finger on the 5th fret. Next string:
2nd finger on the 3rd fret. This is important to remember that,
on this one string, we’re starting off here with the 2nd finger. Then little finger on the 5th fret. We are now up to the thinnest string. First finger on the 2nd fret, Second finger on the 3rd fret, Little finger on the 5th fret. Now, I’d recommend that you practice the scale just going up to start off with. Make sure you can get it right, just going up. Also notice that you’ve got
this little pattern here of 2, 4, 1, 2, 4. I’m talking about finger numbers,
of course. 2, 4, 1, 2, 4. Then 1, 3, 4, 1, 3, 4. Then again 2, 4, 1, 2, 4. So if you divide it into kind of 3 sets,
if you like, you’ve got 2, 4, 1, 2, 4,
and then 2, 4, 1, 2, 4 on the outside groups of two strings. With 1,3, 4, 1, 3, 4, in the middle. Let me just play it through for you now
one time all of the way through. And we’re gonna be now adding in
this note here, right at the end. Because as I said, we want to start
on the lowest root note, which is the note G,
play it up as far as we can. . . . Back down as far as we can. . . . and finishing on the root note. So one more time,
I’m just going to play it nice and slow. . . . Well I hope you are going to take my advice and practice this really slowly
and make sure that you get it 100% right. You will certainly find the diagram on the website
very helpful for doing this and it’s worth definitely looking at it
while you’re practicing it to make sure you get it right
in the early stages. One more thing I need to mention here is the picking. Now, when you’re learning a scale
for the first time, the thing that I recommend is
to use all down picks, just to take the idea of picking
out of the equation, just concentrate on playing the scale, and use all down picking,
just to get it right. Now, ideally you want to be doing
alternate picking for this. So we’ll all the way through down-up, down-up,
down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up,
down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up, down. Up-down. So when you’re starting
and finishing that root note, actually the root note on the 6th string, and the double octave root note
on the thinnest string, should both be down picks. That’s a good kind of a little
check point to make sure you’re going along with that
and that you’re doing it right. If you struggle with your alternate picking, say it out loud as you do it. Count and, you know, say it to yourself:
down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up. Just because it’s very, very difficult
to say one thing and do another. Even if you DO do it wrong, you’ll recognize that you’ve made a mistake,
straight away. So really keep an eye on it. Start with all down picks,
learn the scale, and as soon as you’re cool with the scale and your fingers kind of know
what they’re doing, and you can think a little bit
about something else — ie.; your picking hand –, then start to concentrate on that alternate picking:
down-up, down-up. OK, now it’s just time to put in
some practice into this one. Make sure again that you’re using
your timer for 5 minutes. So you get 5 minutes of really concentrated, good,
solid practice when you’re doing this one. Just practicing the scale up and down for now.
That’s all I want you to work on. We’re gonna get into using the scale
very, very soon, but, to start off with,
you need to know the scale properly. So, just start off with up and down,
really concentrate, get it 100% right, and I’ll see you for another lesson very soon. Take care, bye bye.


  • Reply idunno456 December 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    So. Much. Talking.

  • Reply JTK March 18, 2015 at 6:28 am

    idunno456- That's why God gave you two ears and one mouth 😉 
    Keep them coming Justin :)) 

  • Reply MechanicalMartialArtist April 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great vid. I started trying to play about 7 years ago when I turned 40, then stopped.  Now I'm trying it again and it is VERY hard to play guitar…for me anyway…LOL

    Your vids are great!  You do things notice and slow so I can try to follow along.

    I play a mean air guitar though!….LOL

    Thanks for loading!!!

  • Reply goomba008 April 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Funny how when I was a kid I thought the first thing you should learn on guitar is to play the major scale and then play some melodies with it, and THEN would you be ready to try some chords.  Justin's course is structured exactly the other way around (rightfully so).  I wish I had a good teacher back then to tell me how much stuff you can learn and how many songs you can do without ever playing a single individual note.

  • Reply Xion June 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

    great advice! do NOT start learning more positions until you get ONE correctly! thank you so much!

  • Reply Calvin Belulok July 2, 2015 at 2:43 am

    this pattern stays the same for all the other root notes?

  • Reply Taylor Hood July 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Major scales aren't really an intermediate subject… Chords and scales combined are what I've read a beginner should be starting with immediately in the first couple of days. From what I've read everyone agrees that scales are fundamental.

  • Reply Skotabig Johnson September 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Stop talking and show

  • Reply Skotabig Johnson September 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Stop talking and show

  • Reply Luật Vũ September 23, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I know this is out of the blue but is it possible to harmonize diatonic sixths with a pick? I'm sorry I just don't know where to ask.

  • Reply hello goodbye September 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Could I improvise this scale on the chords of G

  • Reply nachoguitar December 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Justin .what a good teacher. I practiced the scale .now it's all fun 😀

  • Reply Eddie M January 3, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I have always played with my fingers, so Im new with the pick and really having to get use to it. Should I brace my pinky on the guitar to help keep my pick in place?

  • Reply pamela maher January 6, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Just wich you would go slower on showing were you are puting your fingers. i cant find a diagram on the scales . If you know were i can go to get the scale notes could you let me know

  • Reply Nick Yelovich January 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love your lessons. I hate so many of the videos that say "one easy trick to master the guitar" or something dumb like that. The only way to master the guitar is with practice.

  • Reply Mostafa Elmanfalouty February 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    i really cant understand why dont we start the g major scale with our first finger on the g note(6th string 3rd fret) and move 3 4 6 on the 6th fret and complete the scale like this? thanks in advance

  • Reply randomthumbsup dot exe February 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I told my brain "do it faster, u stupid piece of pepperoni" and it started to go upset on me.

    Moral: Never tell your brain that it is stupid. It will start to behave like a smartass.

  • Reply saurav daga February 27, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I have been playing guitar for some time, largely self taught, so never really learned scales. My problem is that I have over the years learned wrong way of holding the pick. Should I learn to hold pick the right way or do I carry on with the way I am playing now?

  • Reply Isaiah Braugher March 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I love your videos. You pretty much taught my how to play guitar.

  • Reply PieterDave April 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    i saw 3 tutorials on major scales, and they are all different shapes. Any tips for a beginner?

  • Reply tee na-on August 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

    l learn from your video
    love every clip video thankyou so much justin like++

  • Reply Nikhil Bhat August 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks, Justin for the great tutorial! While practicing scales, do I memorize them as notes or do I memorize them as numbers on the fret(Ex:G-2, A-4, B-1 etc? I practiced the E minor pentatonic scales but I am not able to recognize the notes unless I start playing from the root note. I want to improve on this while practicing the G major scale.

  • Reply HiddenApache August 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    8:42 thinking about it in those three sections, two patterns really helped

  • Reply it's just liz August 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

    God bless you! I have been aquiring so much more. Thank you!!!!! Grateful that I found your channel!

  • Reply tony curtis September 18, 2016 at 4:13 am

    From another Tasmanian guitarist, well done brother!

  • Reply J D September 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Love your videos but this video goes on waaaay too long before the actual lesson begins

  • Reply Abu Sayup December 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Im self taught on acoustic and never ever had any interest on scales but now I started with justin video.. My interest is in fingerstyle, will it be advantageous for me to study the scale stuff???

  • Reply Hyder Hassan360 December 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Justin you are fabulous :))

  • Reply AR Gaming January 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Justin I have a little longer thumb then the average person, or fingers for that matter. And is my struggle because I can't seem to keep it straight and it throws my fretting off. Any tips you can give me to deal with this?

  • Reply Dynamo Sherpa January 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Bro I really like ur tracking Exxon .

  • Reply Ajay January 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Guys, what is the difference between a minor/major scale and a minor/major pentatonic scale?

  • Reply seldonlives19 February 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

    the man is a boss.

  • Reply Richard H February 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks again Justin for making it so clear and accessible!

  • Reply hypnoray thompson February 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    great advicw. thank you.

  • Reply Jake Howell March 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    why do you have the scales so late? I expected them to be in the beginners stuff because with any other instrument I have played(piano and trombone) I was always taught the scales first

  • Reply christian arzu March 25, 2017 at 2:11 am

    "Make sure that you leave your ears switched on while you're learning the scale" jajajajaja I always laugh with Justin's videos. It's amazing that someone does this for free and in such a great way.

  • Reply Weyoun VI March 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    This is 7 years old and still amazing.

  • Reply ole aston April 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

    If the root note was on the A string or a higher string would you play it like you would on the E string root note (3-5) or would it still be 2-3-5 (so if I wanted to start my scale on a higher note)? Thanks for all the great lessons by the way!

  • Reply garr christopher April 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    What is a guitar position?

  • Reply Copper Audio April 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I got it – thanks Justin!

  • Reply stann wong May 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Hello , how do I not lift my middle finger up when I play

  • Reply Moda Mont May 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    do you have a lesson called Major Scale Pattern 2 ?

  • Reply R G June 20, 2017 at 4:13 am

    im a little confused about the ending part… when you go back up you end with 5th fret, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd???

  • Reply Bharat Chekuri July 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Lot of new sense than a lesson. Waste of time.

  • Reply Iron Feliks July 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    You start on g but end on a after you said to start and finish on lowest root

  • Reply Cody e September 2, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Your lessons are awesome and your website is really setup well

  • Reply Saša Šoštarić September 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Lovely video content! Sorry for chiming in, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you thought about – Riddleagan Skillful Playing Remedy (probably on Google)? It is a good one of a kind guide for learning complex guitar chords and become a pro minus the normal expense. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin after many years got great results with it.

  • Reply Hari Vignesh October 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    U ArE awsm man

  • Reply Wesley Hyzell October 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Lesson starts at 7:24 btw.

  • Reply Prime Captain November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Just wonderful, I been tryin to find out about "guitar pattern" for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried – Vonizabeth Strumming Magnitude – (search on google ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my mate got amazing success with it.

  • Reply Jaana Viit December 3, 2017 at 12:24 am

    You are a legend Justin!  Love your lessons.  This is the way to learn guitar.  Lots of informative chat.  THANK YOU!!

  • Reply Damian Adams December 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Really good videos but you gotta slow down brother 👍

  • Reply Rajesh rj December 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Why you are finishing in A and why you don't play the G note (third string)its not a complete major

  • Reply meashal saad January 7, 2018 at 2:02 am

    وايد يتكلم

  • Reply Giovannilafauci9 January 30, 2018 at 4:40 am

    thank you for the great help. your are my hero. just start plain guitar and your share is much appreciated thank you again

  • Reply not Lolicon February 4, 2018 at 8:45 am

    when you know the scale but you can't do solo….
    -my problem

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  • Reply Anthon Nhyle Yalisad March 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you 😚

  • Reply Elisha C March 28, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I'm just learning this scale.. What I'm trying to figure out is, how to make out a solo outta this scale. Please help me out! I'm stuck

  • Reply Sam Daniele April 11, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Thanku so much, I've been playing for 4 years & never had a lesson, I love your slowing down and explaining things thouroghly and correctly & lessons in order!!!!
    Compared to many you tube lessons your outstanding, even the most advanced show off- play too fast- get their egos in the way & do not understand where there students are at- your lessons are PERFECT THANK-U SO MUCH #JUSTINGUITAR This will help me TREMENDOUSLY

  • Reply Lovell Menezes April 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Very useful tips mentioned in the video ! But the lesson is actually a beginner lesson 🙂

  • Reply Dany Dorito April 26, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Bro, you talk sooooooo much. Not trying to be rude but can you just demonstrate the scale within the first 30 seconds and then start talking?

  • Reply Benjamin R April 28, 2018 at 6:23 am

    is this dude british or australian wtf

  • Reply Benjamin R April 28, 2018 at 6:24 am

    why you talking like that if you're an aussie…..

  • Reply Ryan Haydon June 10, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Justin, I've been using your videos for awhile now and did your beginners course. You've helped me learn guitar tremendously! But recently I decided to take real lessons with a teacher to try and take things to the next level, and he gave me a few different scales in multiple positions to learn. So obviously he feels differently about it than you do. I'm so torn on what to do right now because of what you say about learning a solo first in one position makes sense. On the other hand, I feel like I should trust this very accomplished musician who is teaching me… What should I do???

  • Reply Tony Gramazio June 11, 2018 at 3:45 am

    I thought the frets should match the fingers? My teacher has me using my third finger on the g note and the rest of the open g major scale the fingering matches the frets.

  • Reply Rob June 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    why are you going to the a on the hi e?

  • Reply Axel's DDO Channel June 28, 2018 at 5:50 am

    If this is a G Major scale, why is he playing the F sharp on the low E string at the end? I don't understand why the scale doesn't just start and finish at the low G on the low E string when you play it up and down.

  • Reply SuperMozzman August 6, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I just tried this, found myself playing the intro to duelling banjo's !

  • Reply john tripp August 26, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I learned something today! Thank you for this, I'm an old guy and need just this sort of teacher.

  • Reply Charlie Harpman September 16, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Great video Justin. I have a question, this is for the G major scale. It sounds like you are saying Do re mi. Shouldn’t you be starting with So la si etc ?

  • Reply Jesus Mora November 8, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Whoever dislikes these really needs a hug. Justin is a fantastic teacher

  • Reply Robbie Kinman November 14, 2018 at 12:15 am

    What if our little finger is to short

  • Reply Ron L January 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Very Good instructions and advice

  • Reply Dahlia Adkins January 19, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    7:20 tutorial begins

  • Reply Cranky Rebate January 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    So this is the E shape ? In the key of G

  • Reply Big Bhoy January 28, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I’m a beginner, why is it that the same note can sound different depending on the string it’s played on?

  • Reply Sunrae 2k February 14, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Not understanding why you recommend we start the scale a half step down on f#

  • Reply David P March 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Why is there an f sharp and not f

  • Reply Jay Griffin March 28, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Duuude, you are sooooo good. It takes a certain mindset and some experience to really understand it, a complete beginner won't get this. But this is AMAZING. The little psychological tips, absolutely priceless… Thank you!

  • Reply UberFile April 6, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I made a big mistake a few days ago, I was playing with the guitar through the lesson and not listening or watching enough, then when I looked up you were talking about the diagram about the scale that would help us doing this, so I went on the website and I have been doing after the diagram a few days and I realized I was doing it wrong the whole time and I almost have it fully in the muscle memory by now, Now I have to adjust and keep pressing 124 124 134 134 124 124, My hands just won't do 24 124 134 134 24 124. Lesson learned. WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST AND MAKE SURE YOU TAKE EVERYTHING IN THAT JUSTIN SAYS, after that you can rewatch as you with with the guitar while playing.

  • Reply Reginaldesq April 10, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Consider buying a book 🙂 Justin makes great free lessons. I bought a couple of his songs books to help support they channel and they are awesome. The books don't just have the tabs with chords but also have strumming patters and advice on playing the song. Also many of the songs have suggested advanced versions of chords, so we can skill up as we get better.

  • Reply Don Gossett May 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Always a good lesson from Justin. Thorough and pleasant to watch.

  • Reply Scott_T May 18, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Lesson starts at 7:20

  • Reply Laura _ May 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    This was so so helpful.

  • Reply Nekrakias May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    probably the most punchable face on youtube

  • Reply Watercolour Society June 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    The word 'scale' makes me want to eat a toasted cheese sandwich with ketchup. I don't know why

  • Reply choochoochooseyou June 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Coming back down the scale I can't unhear When You Wish Upon A Star 😂

  • Reply choochoochooseyou June 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I'm doing the 5 minute drills but find I'm not sure when and if to move my thumb. My arm is aching as a consequence. Any advice, anyone?

  • Reply Doug Hipp June 25, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Love your lessons. Thank you!

  • Reply Hector Heath June 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Hey Jason when you do these scale lessons are you able to explain what genre or style these scales are best suited to ?

  • Reply Krishna Paneri June 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply Sean Reeves August 8, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I understand dont learn a bunch of scales if you cant play a solo with one. But why are people teaching scales so early to beginners who cant play solos at all? Are we supposed to write our own melody based on a scale when we haven't even learned all the chords and can't change chords fast enough to play very many songs? I'm not trying to be difficult I have lots of genuine questions. I am 3 months in and I feel like I'm hitting a wall. And the more videos I watch and the more teachers I switch between I'm just getting overloaded and confused.

    Some people like Andy Guitar have several "beginner" courses and some are longer than others. One teaches a G Major scale used in the song The Joker, but that is only a ten day (ten video) course and when I finished that I had to dig for the more comprehensive beginner course which taught a C Major scale, then another totally different G major scale. Both only halfway through and none of them were this scale. I'm fucking perplexed.

  • Reply Casual2020 September 26, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Could I suggest you show a tab chart overlay in the video when you're showing patterns? It makes it so much easier that way. IMHO!

  • Reply Riko van der Helm November 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Hi everyone, I have a question that I can't seem to find an answer for:
    Can you play the scale shapes across the neck without problems? So for example A minor pentatonic shape only start on the G note for example

  • Reply William McKee November 25, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    as it is the key of G why do you finish on the A on string 1

  • Reply lylajean100 December 23, 2019 at 4:03 am

    anyone else thought of 2:45 am by elliott smith…?

  • Reply Blue December 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm


  • Reply Wade Patton January 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, I've been playing for decades and only had formal lessons for a year or so when I was in the Jazz Band in HS. Just now realizing that, not only had I just learned one position of the pentatonic scale, I had only learned HALF of the first position major scale! I was bored with them and didn't practice or take them any further. IN the last few months I've leaned all five pentatonic positions (before I started looking at Justin's work) NOW I've got to finish learning position one of the major scale. Fun fun and the neck is already opening up and much more "AHA's" are going off. My mind is ahead of my fingers for sure. Hang in there new kids. Learn it slow and correctly -ALL of it. Don't be all ADD like me. (or do but work with it–not like it's optional).

  • Reply Aniruth Narayanan January 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    What is the point in learning major scales in guitar? Where is it used?

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