Guitar Lab 101 - Major Scale Variations

author: Chris_Helheim date: 08/11/2014 category: soloing
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Guitar Lab 101 - Major Scale Variations
I was just jamming onto some ideas and I had an incredible urge to share it here. Today I'll be talking about little approaches which you can make to spice up your major scale playing. I'll be showing those ideas in the key of G major but you can apply it to any chosen key.

Now first let me show you the G major scale.

G major chord => 355433
e|-3------------------------------------|
B|-3------------------------------------|
G|-4------------------------------------|
D|-5------------------------------------|
A|-5------------------------------------|
E|-3------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------5-7-8--|
B|-------------------------5-7-8--------|
G|-------------------4-5-7--------------|
D|-------------4-5-7--------------------|
A|-------3-5-7--------------------------|
E|-3-5-7--------------------------------|
Now that's just playing a scale note per note, of course if you put your mind and imagination to it you can execute some pretty tasty and awesome licks, but instead of following this pattern try the so called "1-3-5-7-2-4-6-8" pattern.

Now that is often used in jazz music, not in exactly that form but the bare idea of that pattern. What you'll be wanting to do is taking those intervals and stacking them next to each other which would look like this.
e|-3----------------------------|
B|-3----------------------------|
G|-4----------------------------|
D|-5----------------------------|
A|-5----------------------------|
E|-3----------------------------|

e|--------------------10-12-15--|
B|-------------5-8-10-----------|
G|-----------5------------------|
D|-------4-7--------------------|
A|---2-5------------------------|
E|-3----------------------------|
That pattern goes through 3 octaves which is more than enough to get out of your G major scale cage but you may also try some of these.
e|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|--------------------7-9-12-|
D|-------4-7--------7--------|
A|---2-5-----5-7-10----------|
E|-3-------------------------|

e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------10-13-12----|
G|------------7-9-11----------12-|
D|----------9--------------------|
A|-----5-10----------------------|
E|-3-7---------------------------|

e|--------------5-7-5--------|
B|--------8-7-8-------8-7-8--|
G|------7--------------------|
D|----9----------------------|
A|-10------------------------|
E|---------------------------|

Now these are just some ideas that don't necessarily sound melodic but are here for you to experiment and create some of your own melodic phrases and licks. Following the given "1-3-5-7-2-4-6-8" pattern you may find a bunch of interesting thing lying between those intervals.

I decided to cut the theory part on this one and just show you the tabs because otherwise this lesson would go on forever but hope you like this ideas and may the patience be with you!
More Chris_Helheim lessons:
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