Here's the tab for the Gmajor scale in first position:
E-------------------------- B-------------0-1---------- G---------0-2-------------- D---0-2-3------------------ A-3------------------------ E--------------------------
If you play these tabs from start to finish you are playing up the entire major scale. But, even just in first position, you can find the same note more than once...So here are the tabs again, giving you all the Cmajor scale notes you can find in first position, then all the Gmajor notes you can find...This time, don't play the notes in any order, just understand where they are.
E----------------- B----------------- G----------------0 D----------0-2-4-- A----0-2-3-------- E--3--------------
Try to figure out the other major scales yourself. Part 4--Scale degrees, power chord dyads, major triads, minor triads, cowboy chords, and bar chords... In the major scale, each note is given a number 1-7. So in the Cmajor scale, C is 1, D is 2, E is 3, F is 4, G is 5, A is 6, and B is 7. In the Gmajor scale, G is 1, A is 2, B is 3, C is 4, D is 5, E is 6, and F# is 7. You can also go up an octave and rename C 8, D 9, ect...In chords, you'll sometimes see "9," referring to 2, "11" referring to 4, and "13" referring to 6. More on that in future lessons. A "chord" is 3 or more notes played at the same time. Some say its 2 or more notes. It doesn't really matter. Smart people who know a lot about theory sometimes do waste their time arguing with each other over whether its 3 or 2. Anyway, 2 notes played together are called "dyads," and 3 notes played together are called "triads." Look at the notes of the major scale and their numbers. If you play 1 and 5 together at the same time, you get what most guitarists call a "power chord," it is a kind of dyad that many argue does or does not count as a chord. Here's how to play a power chord:
Cmajor: E-0-1-3-5- B-0-1-3-5- G-0-2-4-5- D-0-2-3-5- A-0-2-3-5- E-0-1-3-5- Gmajor: E-0-2-3-5- B-0-1-3-5- G-0-2-4-5- D-0-2-4-5- A-0-2-3-5- E-0-2-3-5-
That is an "F# power chord." We call it this because F# is the "1," or the "root." The other note, C#, is the "5." This pattern is "movable," which means no matter what fret you play it on, it is still a power chord. For example, a G power chord:
E------------- B------------- G------------- D------------- A---4--------- E---2---------
G is the root and D is the 5. Let's make the Gmajor scale again to make sure you understand the concept... The major scale formula of whole and half steps is WWhWWWh. To make the Gmajor scale, we start on G (which is 1), go up a whole step to A (which is 2), go up a whole step to B (which is 3), go up a half step to C (which is 4), go up a whole step to D (which is 5), go up a whole step to E (which is 6), go up a whole step to F# (which is 7), and up a half step to get back to G (1 or 8). So if we played 1 (in this case, G) together with 5 (in this case, D) we would get a power chord (in this case, the G power chord). Important tip...Don't ever get scale numbers mixed up with numbers on tab. Guitar tab is simply meant to tell you where to put your fingers on a guitar, it barely has anything to do with theory. The scale numbers are completely unrelated to tab. Now to play "major triads"...Better known as "major chords." These are made by playing 1, 3, and 5 together. Since we just made the Gmajor scale, let's stick to that. Look back up at how I did that and how the notes matched up with numbers. 1 is G. 3 is B. 5 is D. So if we played G, B, and D (1, 3, and 5) together, we'd have the Gmajor chord. Now let's make a minor triad (or "minor chord). This one is just a bit tricky...That 1-3-5 we used to make the major chord? Bring the "3" (which can be called a "major 3rd") down one half step (turn it into a "minor 3rd" or b3). Since we're doing so well with G, why leave it? We know from that last paragraph that G (1), B (3), and D (5), played together make the Gmajor chord. If we take the 3...B...and bring it down one half step...Bb...We get G (1), Bb (b3), and D (5). So G, Bb, and D played together are the Gminor chord. But what are some practical ways to play major and minor chords on the guitar? The most common are "cowboy chords" and "bar chords." If you played a Cmajor "cowboy chord" and a Cmajor "bar chord"...They're the same notes. The difference is the "voicing," or how the notes are arranged on your guitar. Learn Your Open G and D Major Guitar Chords! This is a video on a couple cowboy chords. You can learn the rest from anyone who knows anything about the guitar or from almost anywhere on the internet. A lot of people won't know what you mean when you say "cowboy chords," so you might want to ask someone about "basic open" chord instead...Just another name. You can also google "basic open chords." Here's a video on bar chords: How to play Barre Chords Now you may be wondering...Why are there more than 3 notes in these chords if they're "triads"? Take any one of those chords and look at each of the notes, and you'll find the same 3 repeated on different octaves. That's why. Part 5--Different triads... Diminished Take a minor triad (1-b3-5). Now remember how we took the 3 back one half step? We "flattened" it? Well we do the same to the 5. So the diminished chord is 1, b3, and b5. So a Cminor chord, C-Eb-G, turned into a Cdiminished chord is C-Eb-Gb. Augmented Take a major triad (1-3-5). This time, we SHARPEN the 5 (move it up one half step). So a Cmajor chord, C-E-G, turned into a Caugmented chord is C-E-G#. Suspended2 Okay, let's go back to the Cmajor scale. C is 1, D is 2, E is 3, F is 4, G is 5, A is 6, and B is 7. Make a power chord (1 and 5), C and G, Now, instead of adding a 3 of any sort, we add a 2. So we get C-D-G. Suspended4 Just like sus2, but we use a 4. Look up at the Cmajor scale and see that 4 is F, so Csus4 is C-F-G. I know I'm going fast now...But you can ask me for help or make threads asking for help, many people here including myself are definitely willing to clarify anything you aren't understanding. I won't include voicings for these triads because you can make them yourself (good practice), or find them on the internet easily. Part 6--What chords are in the major scale...? I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii0. Let me explain this. There are 7 notes in the major scale. These roman numerals each represent one of the notes. If the roman numeral is capitol (I, IV, or V) you can create a major chord from that note. If it is lower case (ii, iii, or vi) you can create a minor chord from that note. If it has a "0" after it, you can create a diminished chord from that. This is the shortcut, the long way is to check if each note in the chord fits in the scale. So if we're in the "key" of Cmajor (meaning, the piece of music "resolves" or feels "at home" at the Cmajor chord, therefore we will likely use the Cmajor scale for the piece of music), these are the chords in the scale: I-Cmajor ii-Dminor iii-Eminor IV-Fmajor V-Gmajor vi-Aminor vii0-Bdiminished So as practice to get a feel for this section of theory...Try writing a song with these chords. Once you learn more about theory, you learn how to "break" these rules and play any chords you want, and you should go ahead and do whatever you want when you write songs, but try a song using just these chords as practice. Also try giving your song melody (single notes, as apposed to harmony, chords [or notes sounded together]). How you may ask? Either A) use notes of the major scale that your chords fit into or B) to make it easier, use the major pentatonic scale! Part 7--Major pentatonic scale... This scale is used in countless excellent guitar solos. It is also great for beginners because its harder (almost impossible!) to hit an unpleasant note! Take your major scale numbers: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 Now get rid of 4 and 7. 1-2-3-5-6 You have 5 notes left...That's why they call it pentatonic! For example, Cmajor scale... C(1)-D(2)-E(3)-F(4)-G(5)-A(6)-B(7) Now the pentatonic would be... C-D-E-G-A So if you're chords fit into the Cmajor scale, you can use the Cmajor pentatonic for some melody! Also, you could use a different major pentatonic scale over each major chord... So if you used Cmajor, Fmajor, and Gmajor chords (which all fit in the key of Cmajor), you could use Cmajor pentatonic, Fmajor pentatonic, and Gmajor pentatonic scales! Check the notes of each of these pentatonic scales...They all fit into the Cmajor scale! Here's a strange bit of music history...They created the major pentatonic scale before the major scale! How you might ask? Well, probably from the circle of 5ths! Part 8--Circle of 5ths... Remember our power chords, made of the 1st and 5th? Well let's start with C. Now let's take the 5th G. C power chord. Now that we've got the 5th and know its G, let's find G's 5th...D. D's 5th is A. A's 5th is E. Look at those notes...They're all the notes in the Cmajor pentatonic scale! If we went through the circle of 5ths more we'd find that E's 5th is B, B's 5th is F#, F#'s 5th is C#, C#'s 5th is G#, G#'s 5th is D#, D#'s 5th is A#, A#'s 5th is F, and F's 5th is C...Phew, quite a circle! Why is this useful? Well...You can't make the major scale very fluently yet can you? If we look at the Cmajor scale...No sharps or flats. Go to the 5th, G, and make its major scale. 1 sharp. G's 5th, D, has 2 sharps. Hhm, a pattern? More on this later, its 5:30 in the morning and I'm seeing the RX Bandits tomorrow. Next lesson: The 3 minor scales, their chords, and minor pentatonic. Also more on soloing and the circle of 5ths. Lesson after that: Nothin but rhythm! Lesson after that: Common chord progressions and how to tackle them. Then we'll get crazy after that! How'd I do?
E--------- B--------- G--------- D--------- A---5----- E---3-----