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Guitar Scales

Posted on July 1, 2011

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  • September 9, 2011


    can you make a video showing the keys or chords so I can learn then ? I am9years old and want to learn to play really bad. Thank you for your time

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  • October 6, 2011


    Thanks for sharing your guitar exp i just started playing in church and i realy think that your skills are gonna take me to where i want to be playing,making music for GOD thanks for a great website God bless you.

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    • February 15, 2014


      I assume the 2nd note of the scale is the 2nd note on the 6th string !

      And that the 3rd note of the scale must be the 1st note on the 5th string !

      But I can not figure out how you get the second pattern of the scale
      from the 2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th notes of the scale .

      IS There is something I’m missing, or is there something missing ?

      regards confused !

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  • November 3, 2011


    It is great

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  • November 16, 2011


    im a guitarist barley starting off. i love playing guitar and i would really love to learn it. if u have some videos that show all of the chords nd notes can u please send it to my email? sorry if this isnt the kind of comment u wanted. and just to let u know ur website has tought me alot.

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  • November 26, 2011

    Alice Cunningham

    Hi Claude,
    I was practicing these scale patterns and found that the sounds
    were not to my ears liking. I guess I wanted to hear scales. Did I have too many piano lessons ? Can you show me how they should sound ?
    Thank You,

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    • February 12, 2013


      I’m 60 and picked up the guitar after a 40 year hiatus… help!

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  • December 18, 2011

    K Stewart

    COOL! I thought “Diatonic” referred to Semi tones with the same note but different name ie: d sharp / e flat

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  • February 12, 2012

    Tim Carroll

    Want to learn all scales and their variations,mixalodian,Dorian etc.

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  • March 15, 2012

    ron short

    Claude, now this is very helpful to me. Playing on and off since 1967, I never learned to read music always played by ear. Now i’m learning to to read and play right. It’s like starting from the begining. Now I have to break old habits, strange. But you are performing a great lesson to many of us out here, and we are greatful for your time and knowledge you give us. Keep training us, love it Ron. disabled vet.

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  • March 30, 2012


    This is helpful. Very simple. I get the Penatonic patterns and the relationship between the major and minor scales.
    Forget the Guitar God crap. I’d pay real money for a basic music theory course that incorporates the kind of clarity you have here.

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  • April 9, 2012


    old beginner/I WILL BE BACK

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  • October 29, 2012


    Hi MR. claude what you ‘re doing is not just to earn respect or likewise
    but to earn your place in heaven so I personally thank you and on behalf
    of those have been learning

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  • March 18, 2013


    I’ve been playing for ten years, really just needed some help with scales. Fortunately when look at these diagrams I know exactly what I’m looking at thanks.

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  • April 7, 2013


    Ok, I’m a complete beginner and have no idea
    What these scales mean. Am I just stupid?

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    • October 16, 2013

      Eddie Knox

      No Debbie your not stupid. It is very easy to get over whelmed with the scales and the modes at first. But with practice you will begin to see how they all fall together. If you need help, just holler. Happy picking

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  • May 15, 2013


    Thanks big time for the basic scales (pentatonic & diatonic) okay now I practice:)

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  • May 27, 2013


    Thanks so much for posting this scale guide. You really break it down, so it’s easy to understand. Now I have some scales to practice!

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  • October 13, 2013


    this is great, thanks!

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  • October 18, 2013


    Agree with Shaun, is easy to understand, and like Kenneth, picked up the guitar after a 40 year stop, I find this very informative, if only this was around years ago!

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  • November 29, 2013

    jackie clemons

    it would be awesome to have these five scales to download

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  • December 18, 2013


    You’ve made it so simple, thanks.

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  • January 25, 2014


    Can you do the same for the Major scale.Show the 5 patterns Preferably in A major PLEASE !!!!

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  • January 26, 2014


    Hi Claude . Just stopping by to say Hi! Love your stufff :)

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  • February 5, 2014

    bob lind

    I’ve been playing rhythm guitar now for about 5 years.

    Recently I have started studying scale patterns in the hope of eventually understanding how lead guitarists doo it. THEY DON”T SEEM
    to be able to explain it.

    Is the first pattern as shown in your mini-lesson a D Major scale?

    I see 2 F# and C# in the range of the pattern.

    If it isn’t the D Major scale, what is it?

    It doesn’t sound right if I just play the red notes.

    What am I missing here?

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  • April 26, 2014


    I am hoping you get this e-mail. I’ve been trying to contact you for weeks. I am older and retired. I have been playing for going on 40 years, so the tabs is not really helping me. And learning the scales would be easier if I were just starting to play. Rob Tucker Cincinnati, Oh.

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