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Full Major Scale (Guitar Lesson)


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David MacKenzie

Full Major Scale

David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.

Taught by David MacKenzie in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 11:31Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:36) Lesson Introduction In lesson 11 of this series, Dave explained how to play a one octave major scale. A transposable pattern was utilized to play the scale in the following keys: F, G, A, B, C, and D. An alternate fingering was applied to the open F major scale. A second fretboard pattern was demonstrated for the E major scale in "open" position. At this point, you must have these patterns memorized. You must be able to use these patterns to play a one octave scale in all 12 major keys. Review these scale patterns at this time if necessary.

Dave expands upon these concepts in the current lesson. He explains how the third, second, and first strings can be added to the patterns discussed in Lesson 11 to form new major scale patterns that span two complete octaves.
Chapter 2: (02:44) Expand on the Major Scale Note: Tablature and Notation to all scale patterns discussed in this lesson can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

Dave begins this scene by demonstrating the upper octave of the "open" E major scale. This octave begins with the E root note played at the 2nd fret of the fourth string. Pay careful attention to the left hand fingering that Dave uses to play this scale. This fingering will allow you to play the scale with maximum control and speed.

Play Along

Pause the video and memorize the upper octave of the scale. Then, return to the lesson video and play it along with Dave at 01:44. Make sure that you are not playing any incorrect notes.

The next logical step is to combine both octaves of the pattern into a single scale pattern. Practice this two octave pattern using the guidelines listed below.

-Always play the ascending and descending form of every scale or scale exercise.

-When first learning the scale, play with all downstrokes.

-As you become more comfortable, apply alternate picking. First, begin the alternating pattern with a downstroke. Then, repeat the alternating pattern beginning with an upstroke.

-Practice scales with a metronome to monitor your rhythm and speed progress.
Chapter 3: (01:48) Full F Major Scale Similar to the E major scale, the F major scale contains several open string notes when played in "open" or first position. In the key of F, these notes occur on the open fifth, fourth, third and first strings.

Combine both octaves of the F major scale once you have memorized the upper octave demonstrated in this scene. Apply the practice guidelines listed in the previous scene to the two octave form of this scale.
Chapter 4: (06:26) Moving up the Neck Dave begins this scene by demonstrating the upper octave of a G major scale. This pattern begins with a root note played by the pinkie finger at the 5th fret of the fourth string. Memorize this new octave of the scale. Then, combine it with the lower octave that you learned in Lesson 11.

Transposing the Pattern

This two octave pattern can be transposed to the remaining fretboard positions. For example, if this pattern is moved up one fret, a G#major scale is formed. By sliding the pattern up another fret, an A major scale is formed. Always use the location of the root notes within the pattern as reference points when transposing the scale to a new key.


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robabrobab replied on September 26th, 2010

MAIDEN!!!!!!!! LOVE THE SHIRT!!!!

tikinhokuntikinhokun replied on January 5th, 2010

wow, now it's so better to improvise something, and it's really easier to learn the fretboard o/

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on January 6th, 2010

nice!! great job studying!!! i am glad that helped you!!!

omran2omran2 replied on March 20th, 2009

Hey Dmac! I’ve been practicing this lesson (and the next) for quite some time and I’m very comfortable with the scales in any key. I think I’m ready to look at patterns across the entire fret board for a given key. Is there going to be a lesson on that? I noticed the teaching tools section offers the pattern for the key of F but only that key. If there isn’t a lesson, can you suggest a learning technique? I’ve become familiar with W W H W W W H and I believe I can learn the pattern based on that alone but I figure it never hurts to check for tips and tricks LOL.

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on March 22nd, 2009

if your talking about showing extensions of the scales from the lower end to the higher end of the neck, thats a good suggestion for a lesson. i will put that in my to do box! great job learning and feeleing comfortable with the scales. way to go!!!

omrisamaomrisama replied on March 7th, 2009

This lesson and the next one are a pain. It's so frustrating to try and remember all the damn scales, especially E and F Minor and Major, since those are different from the others. Whenever I think I've learned all of them, it appears I've forgotten one. Are they really that necessary to learning and mastering guitar? If I'm going to be a metal shredder... lol.

dapiddapid replied on October 13th, 2008

the tab is wrong :P

jboothjbooth replied on October 13th, 2008

I'll have Matt correct this, thank you.

mouzermouzer replied on July 27th, 2008

I got lost with folling the TAB and the lesson. Is there an error in the TAB? Cause, the third scale starts on the 5th fret where the second scale starts on th 1st fret?

joffajoffa replied on August 12th, 2008

Yeah it's a bit confusing at first, but it looks like the G scale (which starts on the 3rd fret) is not included in the tab. It's the same pattern as the A scale though so it's not that hard to work it out.

rockerdonrockerdon replied on July 27th, 2008

I like it Dmac! keep it comin'

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Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

The Major Chords

David covers the basic major chord shapes. Every guitarist must learn these basic chords.

Length: 18:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

The Minor Chords

David MacKenzie walks you through the basic minor chords. Expand your knowledge of chords with this fun-filled lesson.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Major Scales

Major scales are an essential component of all styles of music. They can also be used as a great way to orient yourself with the fretboard.

Length: 32:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

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David MacKenzie explains how to practice the major scales along with a fun backing track.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

The Minor Scales

David MacKenzie proceeds to an in-depth discussion of the minor scales.

Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Minor Scale Jam

David MacKenzie shows you how to play the natural minor scale over a rockin' JamTrack.

Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that enable you to play with a smooth, legato feel.

Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Length: 12:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 13:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

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David returns to the world of pull-offs with a new exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

Length: 12:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Practicing Bends

David MacKenzie returns to bending technique in this lesson. This lesson features a backing track that is designed for bending practice.

Length: 12:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

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Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the pentatonic scale.

Length: 5:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Minor Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson.

Length: 4:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 25

Full Major Scale

David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.

Length: 11:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Full Minor Scale

David MacKenzie introduces a two octave natural minor scale pattern.

Length: 12:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Full Major Pentatonic Scale

David teaches a two octave pattern of the major pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Full Minor Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie teaches a two octave version of the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 9:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Cool Lick

David MacKenzie teaches several licks based on common arpeggio patterns. This lesson also includes a backing track to jam with.

Length: 20:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

Rhythm Basics

David MacKenzie introduces some important rhythm basics in this lesson. This lesson also includes a backing track exercise.

Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Power Chord Variations

David MacKenzie explains various power chord voicings. By simply moving a finger or two, new power chords can be formed.

Length: 18:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

Cool Lick Exercise

David MacKenzie introduces some new amazing licks.

Length: 29:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

Tapping Exercise

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Length: 22:44 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 34

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Length: 13:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 35

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The third tapping lesson elaborates on the previous lesson by adding open strings.

Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Length: 8:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Tapping #6

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Length: 19:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

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Length: 9:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Octaves

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About David MacKenzie View Full Biography Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it.

Then as with a lot of players out there, Eddie Van Halen came along and changed the way guitar was played! Dave has been influenced by anyone he has heard play guitar, literally! Always keeping an open mind and a humbleness about him has helped him to keep learning new things on, and about the guitar.

Dave has mostly played in top 40 rock, country, and pop bands. He is most recently playing guitar and keyboards in a 80's metal band called Open Fire. They have opened for Warrant, Firehouse, Winger, and LA Guns within the 3 and a half years they have been together, and are now jumping into original music.

Dave believes you should have internal motivation, and passion to play guitar, and most definitely, it should be fun!

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