I was watching that video lesson they have on comcast on demand, the one that i believe is lead basics ii. It teaches major and minor scale. Well I have two issues with what they taught, not because they are wrong but I either cant find the same thing anywhere else or I just dont understand it.

They teach the major scale as:

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------7---9---10--------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------7---9---10----------------------------
G|---------------------------------------------6---7---9-------------------------------------------
D|---------------------------------6---7---9-------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------5---7---9--------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-------5---7---9---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Issue #1: From my understanding of scales, the 1st note defines what the scale is. The root note. They said this was in the key of C. If I were to come across this and someone told me this was a major scale I would say its an A major. So I dont understand why its a C scale.

Issue #2: I cant find this scale anywhere. All I seem to find major scale wise is something much smaller or something that uses way more of the neck than this. Is this a certain kind of major scale?

I didnt really get into the minor scale too much cuz I was too into trying to figure the major scale out, so I might have questions about that one later on too. But can anyone clear this up for me?
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Well in response to your first issue, you would normally be right if the root note was not specified. Check the video again and make sure it didn't specify a root note.

EDIT:
That's odd. I took a closer look at it just now (didn't really check it before) and there's no actual C anywhere in the scale. That actually IS an A major scale. Turns out you're right. Maybe you got a crap video.
Last edited by xxieatbabiesxxx at Feb 2, 2007,
Issue #1: From my understanding of scales, the 1st note defines what the scale is. The root note. They said this was in the key of C. If I were to come across this and someone told me this was a major scale I would say its an A major. So I dont understand why its a C scale.

ANSWER - You are correct, this is A major, look at it and its easy to tell b/c of the interval listing... A, B,C#,D,E,F#,G#, the guy on tv may have not clarified that what he was playing was A major. Was he perhaps pointing out that C major has no Sharps or flats?

Issue #2: I cant find this scale anywhere. All I seem to find major scale wise is something much smaller or something that uses way more of the neck than this. Is this a certain kind of major scale?

ANSWER - nope this is your normal 7 tone major scale. you may be finding patterns for the major pentatonic which contains only 5 tones instead of 7 (omit the semitones/half step intervals to get major pentatonic.... in A major pentatonic it would looks like

A,B,C#,E,F#
hmmmmmm A major scale it is - not to be confused with a C major scale which would start on the 8 fret 6th string(E). But as far as the scale pattern goes yes it is correct its just another way of playing being A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A ---- the part being confusing here for you is the placement of the C# (4th fret,5th string as well as 9th fret,6th string) and the F#(4th fret,4th string as well as 9th fret,5th string) ---- hope that helps
Last edited by dfnsman27 at Feb 2, 2007,
Yes, that's absolutely A Major. Either they were wrong, or you misinterpreted something.

Basically that pattern is fairly common. It's the "first" position of the 3 note per string
major scale fingerings. There are 6 more positions.