G Major ( 2 positions )
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Major scales are one of the most commonly used scales in improvisation. Shown below are 2 positions of the G Major scale. The second position allows for greater movement up the neck. Both positions lend themselves well to working up speed.

Remember that these scales can be played anywhere on the neck. In the case of this scale, if you were to start the same shape (pattern) one fret higher (4th fret) it would become the Ab Major scale. One fret lower and it becomes the Gb Major scale.

When practising any scale, always start off slowly. Play precisely and cleanly remembering to double pick ( pick .. down, up, down, up, down etc.). Speed will come but you will see much better results if you work on precision first.

Look soon for a section on improvisation where we will give you some ideas on how to use these scales to their fullest advantage.

Click on the diagrams for an MP3 audio example.

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