Common Beginning Scales That Can Help Your Fingers Become More Accustom To The Fretboard

author: D-Elias-avid date: 04/13/2010 category: scales
rating: 6 / votes: 9 
Hey, my name's David I've been playing guitar well... since the middle of the summer of '09. I took basic private lessons from my mother's friend Jill and I've learned one scale from that lady and from this scale I've learned all the natural notes of the guitar from the 6th string to the 1st string. Now this is my first lesson ever on anything guitar. These scales are meant to help you build finger strength and your familiarity with the fretboard. I hope this helps a few of you. So now I will begin my lesson. The following tab is what I call the "E" Scale. While this is not truly a "scale" which is a series of 8 notes played in a step-like formation to create an octave(an octave is a scale of 8 notes that can be repeated to a higher pitch), it is a series of notes that belong to individual scales all together. Anyways lets get started. I hope I'm not boring you.
e-----------------------------0-1-3----------------------------------
B-----------------------0-1-3----------------------------------------
G-------------------0-2---------------------------------------------
D-------------0-2-3--------------------------------------------------
A-------0-2-3--------------------------------------------------------
E-0-1-3--------------------------------------------------------------
That is my "E" scale. Now, get the hang of that play it slow and as you begin to be able to play it faster and clearer move onto this scale. This is a REAL scale now. This scale is called the Bb Major Scale. This will include an arpeggio.. and an arpeggio is an Italian term for well basically 4 notes of the scale you played made into a chord but the notes are played individually. Here it is.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------0-1------------------1-1--------------------------------------
G----------0-2--------------------0-----0-----------------------------------
D----0-2-3----------------------2---------2---------------------------------
A--3--------------------------3-------------3------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Bb Major Scale. The arpeggio in there is also known as the C Major chord. Next is the Eb Major scale. This will also include an arpeggio.
e--------------0-1--------------1-1----------------------------------------
B----------1-3----------------1-----1--------------------------------------
G---0-2-3-------------------2---------2------------------------------------
D-3-----------------------3-------------3----------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Eb Major Scale and the arpeggio played is also known as the F Major chord. This next scale is known as the Ab Major Scale this will come with an arpeggio as well.
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------0-2-3---------------3------------------------------------------
D-----0-1-3-----------------0-3---3-0--------------------------------------
A-1-3---------------------1-----------1------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Ab Major scale but the arpeggio played cannot be a chord because more than one note was on the same string. My next scale is known as F Concert Major this will come with an arpeggio.
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------0-0--------------------------------------------
D---------0-2-4-0---------0-----0------------------------------------------
A---0-2-3---------------2---------2----------------------------------------
E-3-------------------3-------------3--------------------------------------
Now I am finished with my major scales.. I am going to introduce you to the Chromatic scale, chromatic basically means all sounds, so OBVIOUSLY this will include sharps and flats in the scale. Here is a Bb Major Chromatic scale. There are no arpeggios for any of my chromatic scales.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------1---------------------------------------------
G---------------0-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------
D-----0-1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------
A-3-4-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well I'm sorry I'm stretched for time so I can't finish this right now if you're interested in me adding the other Chromatic scales just add me on windows live messenger. My windows live messenger is elias46@gmail.com If this lesson has helped you comment on it and rate it and tell me about it on windows live messenger. By the way I'm 13 and have been practicing music since 4th grade so I have knowledge of more than just tablature. Thanks for reading, have fun.
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