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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  9 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.)

  5. like it.

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