Master major scales

You may have heard about Major Scales and Modes. Well, in these guitar lessons I will show you that this is not a scary topic at all. Through these guitar lessons you will learn to visualize major scales and modes throughout the fretboard to unlock your lead guitar playing and improvisation ability.

Major Scales Guitar Lessons

Major Scale (Ionian Mode) - On One String

Medium
104

There is no better place to start learning about scales and modes than the Major Scale - so let's get started.

In Guitar Lesson: Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

Major Scale - Shape 1

Medium
65

In this exercise, I will show you a shape for a Major Scale in one octave that we will use throughout the fretboard to help you see scales everywhere!

In Guitar Lesson: Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

Another Useful Major Scale Form - Shape 2

Easy
35

In this exercise, you will continue visualizing and practicing a Major Scale in several positions on the fretboard, to help you further make linkages between scales and the fretboard.

In Guitar Lesson: Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

Playing a Major Scale Across 6 Strings Using 3-Notes-Per-String

Hard
56

In this exercise, you will see one way to play a Major Scale across 6 strings, which will be the basis for a lot of future scale exercises that you will see on this site.

In Guitar Lesson: Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

Major Scale Across 3 Octaves Using Repeatable Pattern

Hard
159

In this exercise you will play a Major Scale in 3 octaves by using a unique, repeating pattern that lends itself to visualization.

In Guitar Lesson: Major Scale and Modes in 3 Octaves

Useful shape for a Major Scale plus fast position shifting technique!

Medium
80

In this exercise, I will go over some basics behind the Major Scale, show you one shape of a Major Scale and how to play it in multiple locations on the fretboard, as well as show you how to develop fast position shifting technique.

In Guitar Lesson: Introduction to the Major Scale