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The Key of G Major (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Brennan

The Key of G Major

Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern of the scale and explains how it can be harmonized in thirds. These concepts are applied to Bach's famous "Minuet in G Major".

Taught by Mark Brennan in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 33:22Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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djparsdjpars replied on September 17th, 2015

The video and sound are completely out of sync.

stan089stan089 replied on March 11th, 2013

SURE WISH THE TABULATURE WAS THERE FOR THE MINUET.

jimkavjimkav replied on February 19th, 2013

Another fine lesson. I have been playing guitar for years but know nothing of music theory. Your thorough relaxed delivery is a joy.

jnimbergjnimberg replied on April 1st, 2012

i'm a little confused w/ some of the choices you make when moving through the G major in 3rds. it's fine if i move straight into the ascending by playing A,G,E,F#,D...? Also, when we get to the bottom i was surprised and thought it'd get turned around w/ C,A,B,G,A,F#,G,E,F#,A,G,B,A... more similar to the progression when you taught the C major in 3rds.

stergulcstergulc replied on March 29th, 2012

Hi Mark The first time I learned this scale it was played on all fretted notes between the second and fifth frets. No open strings. It started on the root note G and worked up to the fifth fret on the first string and back down. Three notes on all the strings except two on the second. What's the difference?

stergulcstergulc replied on March 29th, 2012

Hi Mark The first time I learned this scale it was played on all fretted notes between the second and fifth frets. No open strings. It started on the root note G and worked up to the fifth fret on the first string and back down. Three notes on all the strings except two on the second. What's the difference?

jay tongjay tong replied on February 29th, 2012

Hi Mark, maybe I missed, what is the different and meaning between major and minor ?

jay tongjay tong replied on February 29th, 2012

But where is the supplement of the music you played the Minuet Notation

mathenmrmathenmr replied on December 11th, 2011

Great lesson! I've been playing for almost 2 years and I've never been able to play something so cool and fancy like this minuet. Thanks!

dr50376272dr50376272 replied on February 24th, 2011

dont know why your on the 5th fret on the first string on page 1 of the notes.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on February 24th, 2011

I'm using the fifth fret A note to round out the ascending thirds. It's the second note of the G Major scale, so it works.

jonnox3xxjonnox3xx replied on September 25th, 2010

Mark, I don't see the tab for minuet...is it just me or is it not there? BTW, I am having a blast with your lessons and learning a ton! Great stuff!

jonnox3xxjonnox3xx replied on September 25th, 2010

oops...never mind :)

sargeysargey replied on September 22nd, 2010

mark, would it be right to assume that the most popularl major scales used would be in c,d,e and g.

johnedmunds1964johnedmunds1964 replied on March 19th, 2010

when you constructed the G scale it went G,A,B,C,D,E then f sharp. But then when you did the chord progressions the A and B had become minors, and there was a D7 in there too. Why ? How does that happen ? (apols, I have as much knowledge of music theory as a gnat, and that's doing an injustice to the gnat !)

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on March 19th, 2010

hey John....the chords that are built off the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th scale tones in a major key are minor. In this case, a min, b min, and e min. If you've watched my lessons in C major and D major, this is also the case. In Cmajor these chords are d min, e min, and a min, and in the key of D Major they're e min, F#min, and b min. I don't want to get into chord construction now, or we would open a can of worms. As far as the D7 is concerned...this is the dominant 7 chord built off the fifth scale tone (D). If you noticed i haven't included the chord built off the 7th scale tone, which is a diminished chord. In G major that would be F#dim (F# A C). These are the top three notes of a D7 chord (D F# A C). So the diminished chord, built off the 7th scale tone in a major key, becomes a function of the dominant seventh chord in the same key. Hope this sheds some light on the subject and answers your question.....Mark B.

f16jetmanf16jetman replied on October 29th, 2009

Another great lesson thanks! I'm learning so much watching this series. One small detail though, the Minuet Notation, the F line does not have the Sharp on it, but most everyone will figure it out, I think :) Thanks keep the lessons coming.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on October 30th, 2009

Thanks for pointing this out Aaron. Forgot to put the key signature on the music for the Minuet....I'll make the correction on Guitar Pro...Mark B.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on October 30th, 2009

Guitar Pro puts the key signature at the beginning of the tab, and it won't put it in again unless you change the key.. Since the complete supplemental material in the lesson is in key of G, it only appears at the begiinning....but needless to say, the Minuet is in G major.

larazarlarazar replied on October 30th, 2009

This is fantastic, I've just learned a classical version of this Menuet from Danny Voris' series, now it'll be great to learn another version for an electric guitar. Thanks!!

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied on October 30th, 2009

but it does....take another look

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