I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 3 years but didn't focus on music theory til a month or two ago. I've been reading books about theory and know that it takes allot of time to remember the scales. I need tips on the most effective way to remember major scales. Or what ways worked especially well for guitarist with many years of experience. People that went through this stage already. Thanks!
You just have to play them repeatedly and then they will eventualy feel natural and easy to remember. Ive been playing guitar for about 9 years and have also taken piano and marimba lessons which I had to drill scales over and over again for hours, and its the same thing on almost every instrument.
Last edited by Aquaman788 at Aug 25, 2010,
play them over and over
also make up licks and songs with them so you can remember them better
Understand the intervals that make up the scales. These articles should help:


With that knowledge under your belt, you should be able to play any scale easily simply by knowing its formula (e.g. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 for the major scale or 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 for the natural minor scale)
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