On this page we provide all seven major scales and their relative minor scales. Included are the key signatures for each scale plus the ascending and descending notation. We also provide you with illustrations of the major scale pattern and minor scale pattern for guitar. Visit our "How To Use It" page for a detailed explanation of how to play a C Major Scale in three different positions using our Don't Fret Note Map™. Scales are the foundation of music. You will never regret the time you spend on committing scales and scale patterns to memory.
These scale diagrams feature our Color Coded Guitar Tablature™. Visit our How To Use It page for a detailed explanation of how easy it is to use a Don't Fret Note Map™ to learn guitar scales.
See our "Don't Fret Guitar Note Finder Chart" for help on finding the notes in a scale.
These guitar scale illustrations use the familiar finger numbering pattern of: index finger is one (1), middle finger is two (2), ring finger is three (3), little finger is four (4). At first it will be easiest to start the scale or pattern on the sixth or fifth strings. For instance the A major scale can be started on the fifth fret of the sixth string.
Strive for proper playing technique by "covering" the frets with the proper finger. Notice in the Major Scale diagram below (read from the bottom up, sixth string to first string) each note in an individual fret space is played with one finger. In the Minor Scale diagram each note in an individual fret space is played with one finger until you reach the "tuning trap" going from the third string to the second string. Our Don't Fret Note Map™ provides a no-miss road map of where the notes in a scale are located on your fretboard.
The diagrams below feature our "Color Coded Guitar Tablature™" and are best utilized with a Don't Fret Note Map™ applied to your guitar fretboard. The numbers below each note indicate the string the note is found on and the fret the note is found/played at, respectively. All of these beginner guitar scale diagrams start on either the sixth or fifth string and end on the fourth, third or second string. For a more detailed explanation visit our "How To Use It" page. You will never regret the time spent on learning scales and memorizing scale patterns. Learn more about scales from a qualified instructor or the internet.
You will never regret taking the time to learn as much as possible about playing guitar scales and memorizing scale patterns.