Guitar Scales Chart

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guitar scales chart

Here is our guitar scales chart. It shows the 6 most common guitar scales in their most common positions. For more info on the scales themselves take a look at our guitar scales section where you will find more details on these scales and links to further guitar scale content.

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  15 Responses to “Guitar Scales Chart”

  1. With the scales, do I start on the root note? As can be seen, the root note isn’t always the first note in the scale position

    • Hi Gerry,

      I would recommend starting on the root note as you ascend the scale. By starting on the root, you are training your ear to the sound of the scale. As you descend you might want to descend all the way to the bottom of the position, but then ascend to the root note again.

      Hope this helps.

  2. hi,could you tell me what frets these scales start on?thanks

  3. The red notes are the “ROOT”. So, you can actually apply these scales to any key and any fret.

    Example: You want to play an “A Minor Pentatonic” scale. So your root note “A” is located on the 5th fret of the E string. Therefore, you can start the pattern on the 5th fret.

    If the key was “C”, you would start on the 8th fret. Etc. etc.

    Once you figure that out, try moving the pattern to a different string to start. So, for “C minor pentatonic”, you could also start on the 3rd fret of the A string.

  4. hello, am a beginner and i have no understanding of all these…i will really need ur aid please. What steps must i take to be an excellent guitarist?

    • I’ve played for almost 50 years now. What worked for me was to start with some individual lessons from a good teacher, working with scales and tablature, then and ever since, play and practice. (Once you get some basics down, it’s also fun and beneficial to turn on the stereo and play along with artists and styles you like.)

      • I agree with Greg on getting a good instructor. They can always teach you something you didn’t realize you needed to know. I’ve been playing for about fifteen years now. I am mostly self-taught, but took a few lessons early on (and by a few, I mean three). Even still, those few made the world of difference. So, find yourself a good instructor.

        To be “an excellent guitarist,” you first need to determine what kind of music you want to play. Blues, jazz, rock and metal all have different sounds and require different skills. But for the basics, you definitely need to start with learning chords and scales. Tablature (tabs) help you learn how to play what other people play. They are definitely the fun stuff for beginners. But you can’t let them dominate your practice. Truly excellent guitarists don’t neglect the rudiments.

        I would also recommend learning the anatomy of your guitar, simply for the sake of maintenance – such as when you need to replace strings, or if you ever want to upgrade your pickups.

  5. like it.

  6. I am confuses from where we have to start left or right
    Which frat is use index finger

  7. And mostly I want to play bollywood song so which scale I prefer most.. …

  8. plz can u name d strings so we knw which string u got d root key from

    • The strings from the bottom on the neck diagrams to the top are the low E string, then A, D, G, B and then the high E string at the top.

      You can see the thickness of the strings at the bottom of the diagrams is greater than at the top.

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