Scale Studies

Learning the various scales involved in music is essential to become a better musician. In addition to improving your ability to play melodies and create fun solos, learning scales can help you learn where notes are on the fretboard – which can be a huge help for playing chords and other rhythmic styles too.

The below charts show the basic major scale in 2 octaves in both “open” and “closed” positions when possible. For keys like C# which have no open notes, I included a “first” and “second” position for each instead. In addition, I included notation for playing the scale “in thirds” both ascending and descending. These are “quick studies” which can be great for warmups and getting ready for playing. I’d recommend playing these before starting your normal practice routine.

I’ve included some fingering notes on these exercises. While using these suggestions can be helpful, they are simply suggestions. There are many, many different ways to play these exercises and I encourage you to find other variations that are easier or harder than what I have laid out here.

For more in depth studies that highlight more variations and other scales (including minors, harmonic minors, and etc), contact me for a lesson.

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