#1
I'm learning the major scale, I know how to find it(Takes a little for me to put it together) and how it works, so now I'm just try to memorize it I guess.

Do I even need to memorize it?

And if I do, Do I need to memorize all the positions and every key?
#2
do you know the notes in it? you dont NEED to memorize it, could help tho.
#3
Yeah, I know the notes on the fretboard and know how to construct the major scale anywhere. But it takes like 5 mins or so.
#5
just memorize it in 1 key you just shift it around for other keys and for improv you should know it heres first position in f major

e-3-5-6
B-3-5-6
G-2-3-5
D-2-3-5
A-1-3-5
E-1-3-5

sry for the bad tab im horrible at makeing them
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#7
ya 3 notes patterns work best.. for example with G-major starting on G


---------------------------------------------------------5--7--8-------------
----------------------------------------------5--7--8------------------------
-----------------------------------4--5--7-----------------------------------
------------------------4--5--7----------------------------------------------
-------------3--5--7---------------------------------------------------------
--3--5--7--------------------------------------------------------------------

then once u get that down start on A in G-major


---------------------------------------------------------7--8--10-------------
----------------------------------------------7--8--10------------------------
-----------------------------------5--7--9-----------------------------------
------------------------5--7--9----------------------------------------------
-------------5--7--9---------------------------------------------------------
--5--7--8--------------------------------------------------------------------
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#9
Quote by War_of_Ages101
Wait, So I just need to memorize

Start on the root note E then do the same pattern every time?


Well that'll work for memorizing all the major scales.. But if you do it that way you'll be confined to just those few notes, the best way to do it is to memeorize the scale p[attern up the whole neck of 1 major scale and then use that on same pattern up 2 or 4 or however manynotes as another major scale.. For example what I posted above is the 2 first patterns up the neck of G-major, to make it the !A-major scale just move every noted 2 frets up. To make it the B major scale move it up 4 frets.. C major 5 frets.. D major 7 frets.. etc..
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#11
well.. no, theres 7
Again using Gmaj.. The patterns start on the following notes on the E string..
3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 Now if you wanted to start on the higher notes like 15, 17, 19.. etc You would just octave it from the first ones 15 is an octave up from 3 so just use the 3 pattern starting on 15. 17 is an octave up from 5 so just use the 5's pattern.. etc...

Now to use all those patterns with another key lets say.. Emajor just use all those patterns but down 2 frets.
So the pattern on the 3rd frets now is that same pattern but starting on the 1st fret. 5th fret pattern starting on 3rd. 7th starting on 5th.. etc..
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#13
i recommend justin guitar
justin's a great teacher with alot of youtube vids and stuff
for free!

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/SC-001-TheMajorScale.php

check that out

start with 1st finger on 2nd fret, 2nd finger on 3rd fret, etc...

learn that for the key of G
move it up and down if you want to change the key
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#16
I was looking at that justin guitar website, and he has 5 positions on there.

Doesn't have F scale. If I took any position and moved the root note F, say first fret E, would it work?
#18
Quote by War_of_Ages101
^ I already said I memorized them. I know a lot about theory, I just suck at scales.

theory is built around scales - you can't understand one and not understand the other.
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#19
Actually you can. Just because I didn't memorize the major scale doesnt mean I can't put it together, construct chords or triads, make songs, and know how everything works.
#20
Quote by War_of_Ages101
Actually you can. Just because I didn't memorize the major scale doesnt mean I can't put it together, construct chords or triads, make songs, and know how everything works.

How can you construct a triad if you don't know what you're making it from?
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#21
Once again, Because I didn't memorize the major scale I have to be an idiot to theory?

It's not that hard to be able to put together a major scale, then take first , 3rd and 5th note and call it a major triad. Or to flat the 3rd and make it minor. OR #5th for augmented. Or Add a 7th for a chord.Seriously, flatten the 3rd and 6th to make a harmonic minor scale. Cmon...I could go on all day.

You're bascially saying the major scale NEEDS to be memorized or you will be an idiot to music theory. Good job.
#22
No, you just didn't explain yorself correctly. You said you sucked at scales, when evidently you don't because you understand the major scale perfectly.

I don't understand why you're making the distinction, the major scale you use to construct chords is the same major scale you use in practice when playing. Technically you're actually past the point where "memorising" scales is an issue - you know the intervals well enough and you know the notes on the fretboard so just put the two together. All you really need to do is just use it more.
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#23
Well...that WAS my first question and the point of the thread.

Thanks for answering my question.
#24
Quote by War_of_Ages101
I was looking at that justin guitar website, and he has 5 positions on there.

Doesn't have F scale. If I took any position and moved the root note F, say first fret E, would it work?


he gives u the major scale in CAGED form

start with the first finger on the 2nd fret, so on the bass E string goes 2-3-5
this is in the key of G

to move it in the key of F, slide the shape down 2 frets (G->F#->F)
so itd then ben 1-3-5 (because the next note was on the 7th fret in key of g)
get it?

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#25
Quote by AXmichigan
he gives u the major scale in CAGED form

start with the first finger on the 2nd fret, so on the bass E string goes 2-3-5
this is in the key of G

to move it in the key of F, slide the shape down 2 frets (G->F#->F)
so itd then ben 1-3-5 (because the next note was on the 7th fret in key of g)
get it?

hope that helps



Wouldn't it be E-0-1-3?