Major Scales

A plot for all notes in the major scales in each key. Great for soloing or creating riffs.

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This is just like the last thing I posted for blues scales but this time it's major scales. I know that this will have mixed feedback and I've heard it all before but feel free to tell me any more problems you have with it. Before you leave stupid posts though, I would suggest that you copy everything and paste it into MicroSoft Word, then change the font to Corrier New and change the size to about 9.
Major scales:

A major
E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
B0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
G-|1-|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|13|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|--|
D0|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|24|
A0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|
E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|

B major
E0|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|24|
B0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|
G-|1-|--|3-|4-|--|6-|--|8-|9-|--|11|--|13|--|15|16|--|18|--|20|21|--|23|--|
D-|1-|2-|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|9-|--|11|--|13|14|--|16|--|18|--|20|21|--|23|--|
A-|1-|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|13|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|--|
E0|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|24|

C major
E0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
B0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|18|--|20|--|22|--|24|
G0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
D0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
A0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
E0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|

D major
E0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
B0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
G0|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|24|
D0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|
A0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
E0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|

E major
E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|
B0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
G-|1-|2-|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|9-|--|11|--|13|14|--|16|--|18|--|20|21|--|23|--|
D-|1-|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|13|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|--|
A0|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|--|18|19|--|21|--|23|24|
E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|

F major
E0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|18|--|20|--|22|--|24|
B-|1-|--|3-|--|5-|6-|--|8-|--|10|11|--|13|--|15|--|17|18|--|20|--|22|23|--|
G0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
D0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
A0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
E0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|18|--|20|--|22|--|24|

G major
E0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
B0|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|13|--|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
G0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|--|23|24|
D0|--|2-|--|4-|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|--|16|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
A0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|--|21|22|--|24|
E0|--|2-|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|14|15|--|17|--|19|20|--|22|--|24|
You can use these to solo or come up with riffs in any key in the major scale. Enjoy!

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    SilentDeftone
    to respond to silentdeftone, i never said in the description that i would explain the scale. if you thought i would then that's your problem. i'm not here to explain things, i gave the pattern. this is a lesson to help, not to teach. i taught myself about how these patterns work and i think other people should aswell.
    In that case, you're STILL missing 5 of the 12 major scales? -SD
    SilentDeftone
    ^ Yes, each major scale follows the same pattern of intervals. No Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb scales? 1 star! You failed to explain the scale, you just gave patterns, which is not a good way to teach IMO.
    SilentDeftone
    He never said he had all of them, although it could be interpretted that way.
    You can use these to solo or come up with riffs in any key in the major scale.
    Trey Spruance
    Yeah this is great actually. People like me learn scales by just going over them again and again and again. Just a matter of learning all the notes for me now.
    dryh2o_podz11
    wooooo is this a different version of MAJOR scale i have my scale tool but itz not D'same. my mejor scale came from do re mi fa so la ti do em i wrong or right uhhh im confuse....(nose bleed)
    GLP_Arclite
    stop complaining all you pple who are saying it aint good to teach, it aint a learning tool its a usefulset of scales put together nicely, i give it ten
    Dunjma
    root notes anyone? i understand it ( i think ) but how do i tell which are the root notes? just by what scale it is? eg. A major roots are all A notes?
    dcookie87
    this lesson is not meant to explain how the scale shapes r formed... its just a reference... but i think this should be deleted beause the scales r wrong anyway... this would be very confusin for a noob trying to learn scales... for scale refrences (not how to form the scales) go to www.theguitarfiles.com/scale.php... i hope i can link that... sorry if i cant...
    Guitar~Goddess
    i think its a pretty damn good lesson if you dont really care about the scale theory. I've been playing guitar for 4 years, and i have not a clue what note I'm playing, I just know it sounds right if you play it in a certain scale. Good job my friend, you taught people who are willing to learn well.
    SiKNeS
    no just as they are,if you use ur head u can split it into "box" patterns urself.the rule is if you can play it easily(reach the notes) then that is ok.it does help to learn the notes of the scale also.eg.c major = CDEFGABC(THE 8TH NOTE BEING THE OCTAVE=HIGHER PITCH VERSION OF THE ROOT NOTE=C)then make a mental map of things like the root note,the 3rd note,the fith note.this would be a good place to start methinks.
    Arbor77
    Um... I would really like to know how I can use these patterns to make scales and to solo with them... I.E. Do I take the patterns at at (the usual) fifth note and go down another string, or do I just take the precise numbers from the patterns shown and use them exactly...? Example: A major E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-| B0|--|2-|3-|--|5-| G-|1-|2-|--|4-|- -| D0|--|2-|--|4-|--| A0|--|2-|--|4-|5-| E0|--|2-|--|4-|5-| Would I take that exactly, or would I use the "0|2|4|5|7|9|10|12" and run it down the fret board between the notes to make a three note per string scale of my own?
    Johnny Freak
    good stuff! I can divide it myself and practice it! People, ya shouldn't give bad votin to a guy who just didn't divide the scale into boxes and stuff... ya should be happy that you can do it on yo' own and learn things better...!!
    KFACTOR
    I AM A VIOLIN PLAYER TURNING IN TO A GUITAR PLAYER IS THERE ANY WAY THAT YOU COULD PUT THIS ON AN ACTUAL TREBLE SCALE? THE TAB IS COOL AND THE FRET GUIDE IS GREAT BUT I AM USE TO SEEING MUSIC ON 5 LINES AND 4 SPACE KIND OF THING. I HAVE A HARD TIME GRASPING THE CONCEPT WITH OUT SEEING THE ACTUAL NOTES CLIMBING UP A MUSICAL SCALE. STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE TWO EXTRA STRINGS AND NOT ALL THE STRINGS ARE THE SAME AMOUNT OF NOTES APART BUT I AM SLOWLY GETTING IT.
    guitardude1039
    bama wrote: i'll try to explain as well as i can. if the key to the scale is the first note of one of the open strings then start their and work your way up 8 steps by following the tab chart. if not then find the open string that is closest to that note and work your way up until you fin that note and start from there each fret goes up by a half step so if you were in base string E the first fret would be F the next would be F#. the only intervals that dont have sharps and flats are from E to F and B to C. and A# is the same as Bb, as goes with all other half steps.
    and to help remember "E to F and B to C". just remember it like "B"ill "C"aught "E"very "F"ish.. cheezy but it'll help.
    guitardude1039
    wow theres a lot of bitchin'. lol anyway thx dude it really helped me out! i was REALLY lookin for this.
    bama
    i'll try to explain as well as i can. if the key to the scale is the first note of one of the open strings then start their and work your way up 8 steps by following the tab chart. if not then find the open string that is closest to that note and work your way up until you fin that note and start from there each fret goes up by a half step so if you were in base string E the first fret would be F the next would be F#. the only intervals that dont have sharps and flats are from E to F and B to C. and A# is the same as Bb, as goes with all other half steps.
    Madani
    helped alot How to understand whats written there is very simple jus play the number of the fret try to do any rythem in C major as an example like play A minor chord then D minor and record that chords or let any friend play it as a rythem then play solo when u going to play the solo u must het the c major frets and i think nihilus wrote the scale of the C major thats it
    nickbalura
    yea i love this tab there all good the major and minor scales i think u should do lots of other scales because that would be wicked
    kenny4324
    dude i love what you did here..i have your blues one and im hopinh you have a minor and penatonic one if not more.. i use it all the time to jsut a solo freely.. nice work 10/10 (Y)
    progrock
    By the way,if anyone is scared of all these charts: basically, just learn the positions for one scale then move them around to fit the key you're in, if that makes sense. (Just use your brain. It helps.) I appreciate all of the effort put in by the author, but it wasn't really necessary.
    ansem533
    the only complaint i have ids that you dont have the flats. other than that, its really useful.
    jbluna2
    can somebody explain how you read these scales? it just looks like a bunch of notes.....if your willing to help please email me at: jbluna2@GMAIL.COM....YOUR HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
    cracked666
    oasis247 : Thank you, very helpful. F**k all these people telling you what you should have done with this lesson. Maybe they can write their own lessons instead of complaining about yours? Completely agree with Oasis there.
    oasis247
    Thank you, very helpful. F**k all these people telling you what you should have done with this lesson. Maybe they can write their own lessons instead of complaining about yours?
    misfitunknown
    do you know an easy way to change it into a minor.i think it if you change the 3rd to a flat but im not sure.
    webbster87
    good lesson and scale!
    Erikthegrim wrote: Can some one write a lesson on how to use scales to write songs, thanks.
    Yo if you don't get it than your a dumbass! It shows the whole major scale so that you don't have to look at tabs of the major scale! So it simple to use!
    sidereal9
    i have entire books dedicated to scales,,i have released cd's that were well received for the musical prowess,yet i have no clue how to understand scales as they relate to chords.I understand than it any key each scale tone has a related chord 7th minor etc but i would like to see a lesson that takes one scale say the major and show exactly how to compose a rhythm based off that scale and how to improvise over it using the modes of that scale.
    D4rk R1der
    I was trying to look at the blues scales.. thinking i would be able to read it.. and i couldnt understand it.. i CAN play major scales... but i CANT read it like this... can anyone help? sorry i n00bed this one =[
    InLimbo11
    Bl**dy good no matter what people say, good for reference is not meant to be a lesson, get some proper lessons if you want to know music theory, i.e from a person...
    Megadeth77
    I like it, but it would be nice to have the forms/blueprints so I know what im playin.