Common Beginning Scales That Can Help Your Fingers Become More Accustom To The Fretboard

These scales are meant to increase your knowledge of music and you're familiarity of the fret board.

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Hey, my name's David I've been playing guitar well... since the middle of the summer of '09. I took basic private lessons from my mother's friend Jill and I've learned one scale from that lady and from this scale I've learned all the natural notes of the guitar from the 6th string to the 1st string. Now this is my first lesson ever on anything guitar. These scales are meant to help you build finger strength and your familiarity with the fretboard. I hope this helps a few of you. So now I will begin my lesson. The following tab is what I call the "E" Scale. While this is not truly a "scale" which is a series of 8 notes played in a step-like formation to create an octave(an octave is a scale of 8 notes that can be repeated to a higher pitch), it is a series of notes that belong to individual scales all together. Anyways lets get started. I hope I'm not boring you.
e-----------------------------0-1-3----------------------------------
B-----------------------0-1-3----------------------------------------
G-------------------0-2---------------------------------------------
D-------------0-2-3--------------------------------------------------
A-------0-2-3--------------------------------------------------------
E-0-1-3--------------------------------------------------------------
That is my "E" scale. Now, get the hang of that play it slow and as you begin to be able to play it faster and clearer move onto this scale. This is a REAL scale now. This scale is called the Bb Major Scale. This will include an arpeggio.. and an arpeggio is an Italian term for well basically 4 notes of the scale you played made into a chord but the notes are played individually. Here it is.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------0-1------------------1-1--------------------------------------
G----------0-2--------------------0-----0-----------------------------------
D----0-2-3----------------------2---------2---------------------------------
A--3--------------------------3-------------3------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Bb Major Scale. The arpeggio in there is also known as the C Major chord. Next is the Eb Major scale. This will also include an arpeggio.
e--------------0-1--------------1-1----------------------------------------
B----------1-3----------------1-----1--------------------------------------
G---0-2-3-------------------2---------2------------------------------------
D-3-----------------------3-------------3----------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Eb Major Scale and the arpeggio played is also known as the F Major chord. This next scale is known as the Ab Major Scale this will come with an arpeggio as well.
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-----------0-2-3---------------3------------------------------------------
D-----0-1-3-----------------0-3---3-0--------------------------------------
A-1-3---------------------1-----------1------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------
That was the Ab Major scale but the arpeggio played cannot be a chord because more than one note was on the same string. My next scale is known as F Concert Major this will come with an arpeggio.
e--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G---------------------------0-0--------------------------------------------
D---------0-2-4-0---------0-----0------------------------------------------
A---0-2-3---------------2---------2----------------------------------------
E-3-------------------3-------------3--------------------------------------
Now I am finished with my major scales.. I am going to introduce you to the Chromatic scale, chromatic basically means all sounds, so OBVIOUSLY this will include sharps and flats in the scale. Here is a Bb Major Chromatic scale. There are no arpeggios for any of my chromatic scales.
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------1---------------------------------------------
G---------------0-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------------
D-----0-1-2-3-4---------------------------------------------------------
A-3-4-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Well I'm sorry I'm stretched for time so I can't finish this right now if you're interested in me adding the other Chromatic scales just add me on windows live messenger. My windows live messenger is elias46@gmail.com If this lesson has helped you comment on it and rate it and tell me about it on windows live messenger. By the way I'm 13 and have been practicing music since 4th grade so I have knowledge of more than just tablature. Thanks for reading, have fun.

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    D-Elias-avid
    Thank you, that's very kind. My whole musical career is based on my enthusiasm for it. People so I should stop learning how to play the drums, but I teach my self and I don't care what anybody says.
    10pound
    I can read standard notation. I feel pretty cool being included in that top 5% now. D-Elias-avid....your enthusiasm is infectious. Keep up your efforts, everyone makes mistakes.
    mangomonkey2
    i can play saxaphone but i am having quite the problem learning standard notation for guitar. anyone have lessons, or where some are to learn?
    Woffelz
    Erm what? Your E scale is actually an E Phrygian mode. A phrygian mode is the major scale starting from the 3rd note. E phrygian is from C major by the way. The "Bb major" scale is actually C major. The chromatic scale you wrote out was not Bb, it was C. How can you have a Bb major chromatic scale anyway? And that thing about F concert major? This is guitar, not clarinet XD You just wrote out G major, not F major in standard tuning.
    jazar94
    i always thought the scale he said was E was C Natural... but i taught myself out of a old guitar book so idk... and this site doesnt really give u lessons but it has every scale: all-guitar-chords.com its pretty fun to play around with
    David Blackbird
    That's fine. It means that you can read standard notation, something that 95% of UG users can't say, lol. An easy way to catch that with tabs is by looking at the tuning at the start of each line. You can look at that "Bb" Major scale and say, "Wait, 3 frets above A isn't Bb..." On the plus side, you helped me finally understand how Bb tuning works, my saxophonist friend wasn't helping much in that regard...
    illyria
    Gunsnroses1275 wrote: All of this is really really wrong. Your "E" scale is actually an E Phrygian. Your "Bb" Major is actually a C major scale, hence the inclusion of a C major Chord. An Arpeggio is not a series of four tones, but rather the tones of a chord being played separately from each other. Your "Eb" major is just an F major. Your "F" concert major is...well im not totally sure on this one. but probably not too useful for beginners. You should explain what the chromatic scale is (i.e. a scale of 12 semitones, or just a scale involving all the notes of western music). It is derived from the Greek word Chroma, meaning color. (think about it) One more word on your scales. a Bb scale would not have a Major second (i.e. C major). A major scale will always progress as I ii iii IV V vi vii*. a capital denotes a major, lowercase denotes a minor, and the * denotes a diminished. Thus, if you play a Bb scale, the second would be a Cm. You can play in Bb Lydian,(i believe)which is a Bb scale with a raised fourth which would give you a Major second. other than that though, the second will always be minor. These are just a few mistakes i saw, please brush up some more before posting.
    what the hell is Phrygian? i read it on this site al lot. but nobody ever explains its crystal clear/clear enough
    Gunsnroses1275
    All of this is really really wrong. Your "E" scale is actually an E Phrygian. Your "Bb" Major is actually a C major scale, hence the inclusion of a C major Chord. An Arpeggio is not a series of four tones, but rather the tones of a chord being played separately from each other. Your "Eb" major is just an F major. Your "F" concert major is...well im not totally sure on this one. but probably not too useful for beginners. You should explain what the chromatic scale is (i.e. a scale of 12 semitones, or just a scale involving all the notes of western music). It is derived from the Greek word Chroma, meaning color. (think about it) One more word on your scales. a Bb scale would not have a Major second (i.e. C major). A major scale will always progress as I ii iii IV V vi vii*. a capital denotes a major, lowercase denotes a minor, and the * denotes a diminished. Thus, if you play a Bb scale, the second would be a Cm. You can play in Bb Lydian,(i believe)which is a Bb scale with a raised fourth which would give you a Major second. other than that though, the second will always be minor. These are just a few mistakes i saw, please brush up some more before posting.
    David Blackbird
    ok, I know what happened here. The author must play a Bb instrument, like a tenor sax or clarinet, because the note names are a step off ( with Bb sheet music, a 'c' is printed on the page, but the musician plays b-flat ). The first scale is just the natural ( not flat or sharp ) note scale in first position. The others are as Gunsnroses1275 said, except the "F Concert Major" scale, which is actually G Major. Dave, I don't think that you should be writing a lesson this early, but if you want to ( write lessons ), post them in the "UG Contributions" section of the forums before uploading to the lessons section.
    D-Elias-avid
    Yah ... (laughs uneasily) Sorry :p But man you got it DEAD CENTER with the Bb thing.. I've been playing clarinet for 3 years Bb is embedded into my skull
    David Blackbird
    Actually, these are good for beginners, because it teaches the notes in first position, which is a good place to start. The only problem is your note names are a whole step off.
    D-Elias-avid
    I know this is a stupid excuse, but the day I posted this I was sick with the flu and was playing guitar to ease my headache and actually quite frankly I do play the clarinet, but that's besides the point.. For anyone who reads this comment ignore my explanations and just go right ahead and use the tabs as exercises.
    |Long|
    To really teach players to get accustom to the fretboard, it would be critical to explain the notes in the scale and the fretboard. You also dabble into important terms like 'scale' and 'arpeggio', but the breif explantion can only confuse beginner's. If you explain what you displayed in terms of notes (not just tabs), then it could translate to learning/understanding the fretboard.