How to Play Guitar: Major Scale

In this Snapguide, you will learn how to play a simple major scale and apply it to different positions on the guitar.

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How to Play Guitar: Major Scale
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The first step in playing a scale is recognizing the root note that you should start on. In this case, a G note (3rd fret, low E string) will be the root.

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This is where G is located if you had a hard time looking for it.

This is where G is located if you had a hard time looking for it.

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Now whenever you play a scale, you always start with and end with the root note to make it complete. The two G notes are an octave (8 notes) apart but sound the same

Now whenever you play a scale, you always start with and end with the root note to make it complete. The two G notes are an octave (8 notes) apart but sound the same

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To begin the scale, play the root (G) and, on the 5th fret of the same string, an A note. When it comes to using the correct fingering, use your middle and pinky finger.

To begin the scale, play the root (G) and, on the 5th fret of the same string, an A note. When it comes to using the correct fingering, use your middle and pinky finger.

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Moving onto the 5th string, you use your index, middle, and pinky fingers to play B (2nd fret), C (3rd fret) and D (5th fret)

Moving onto the 5th string, you use your index, middle, and pinky fingers to play B (2nd fret), C (3rd fret) and D (5th fret)

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To play the final notes in the scale to make it complete on the 4th string, use your index, ring, and pinky fingers to play E (2nd fret), F sharp (4th fret), and the octave G (5th fret)

To play the final notes in the scale to make it complete on the 4th string, use your index, ring, and pinky fingers to play E (2nd fret), F sharp (4th fret), and the octave G (5th fret)

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With all of the notes put together it should sound like this. And with that being said, you just learned and played your first scale! Congrats!

With all of the notes put together it should sound like this. And with that being said, you just learned and played your first scale! Congrats!

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If you were to practice this scale and memorize it fluently, you can play it everywhere else on the neck; the only difference is that it won't have the same root and notes

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Let's say that you want to find an easier way of playing this scale. Just switch out the A, D, And G notes on the 5th fret and replace them with the open A, D, and G strings

Let's say that you want to find an easier way of playing this scale. Just switch out the A, D, And G notes on the 5th fret and replace them with the open A, D, and G strings

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