Guitar Scales

by _GuitarDomain

Guitar Scales All Guitarists Need To Know

Want to improve your Guitar Playing?

Of course, we all do! Now you can with GUITAR SCALES knowledge. Scales will help you in many areas such as theory, soloing, and understanding the relationship between chords and the notes you play.

YOU WILL SOUND BETTER! If you know what to play…

Below I created a FREE Guitar Lesson Online dedicated to GUITAR SCALES! Print them, play them, learn them and Have more fun Playing Guitar!


GUITAR SCALES are a pattern of intervals. An interval is a relationship between notes, usually expressed by the distance between those notes within a scale. Each fret on a guitar represents a half (semi) tone interval. That means that each adjacent fret on a string is either one half tone higher (towards the bridge) or lower (towards the nut) than the current fret.

A major scale is defined by the pattern r-W-W-H-W-W-W-H where each letter corresponds to an interval. W = Whole, H = Half and r = root. A whole tone interval is defined by a two fret jump and a half tone interval is defined by a single fret above the current fret.

When dealing with scales, although it is good to keep this in mind, it is often easiest to think in patterns. These patterns, once memorized can easily be moved up and down the fret using the root note of the scale as an anchor. This is similar to how barre chords work. Pentatonic Scales

Mode One

Mode Two

Mode Three

Mode Four

Mode Five