The Major Scale: Part 2: Basic Theory

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Music Theory: A New Beginning...

Did you ever wonder what the major scales are and why you should know them? If you want to play great melodic lines or compose fantastic songs then you need to start somewhere. Don’t worry, I’ll make it easy for you. I know that if I could learn them then so can you. 

From my previous article, “Where Do Scale’s Come From?”, I gave you a quick overview of some fundamental theory. I hope you read through it because this video that you are about to watch will touch upon this and be more or less a recap of that article and a stepping stone to the next article dealing with the actual fingerings.

Through the use of the String Author app to make the images and various video editing software, I will take you through the basic theory needed in order to understand where we get the major scale and how to make them usable on the guitar.

You will touch briefly upon the following following:

  • half-step
  • whole step
  • tonic
  • major scale formula
  • scale degree
  • modes
  • chords

Have some patience. Know that we all had to start somewhere. So lets start at the begining by watching the video below.


Did you watch the video? Did your read the previous article? Well, here are some fun review questions to see you did.

1. What is a Tonic?

2. What is a half-step?

3. What is a whole-step?

4. What is the formula for the major scale?

5. When refering to the major scale what is a degree?

6. What is the third degree of the F major scale?

7. Each degree has two things associated with it. What are they?

8. A fingering position is a rearrangement of the major scale n_____ across the strings of the guitar.

9. Each note of the chromatic scale can be used as a t______ for a different major scale.

10. How many different sounding major scales are there?

In the next article/video well will do some review, provide the answers, and take a look at the first position of the major scale.

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