The 5 Essential Guitar Scales – Guitar Lesson

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#1 The Major Scale – 00:39
#2 The Major Pentatonic Scale – 03:34
#3 The Natural Minor Scale – 06:04
#4 Minor Pentatonic Scale – 09:15
#5 The Blues Scale – 10:43

In this lesson, we’re going to cover one of the first parts of learning how to play lead guitar. I’m going to show you the 5 essential guitar scales. These scales are the ones you’ll find yourself using the most in your lead guitar playing. For all of these scales, we are going to be using A as our tonal center. This means that the root note of all these scales will be an A.

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20 comments

  1. this was very helpful. thank you

  2. Great job, Nate. I love your ability to keep it concise yet comprehensive. On the minor scale, though: shouldn't the fingering be 3rd finger on the D string? Just asking…I'm not sure myself…just that it's such a stretch to try to fret that note with the 2nd finger

  3. Seriously Enjoying it.

  4. Great Video clip! Excuse me for chiming in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Riddleagan Blossoming Solo Remedy (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for mastering guitar scales without the headache. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my mate finally got excellent success with it.

  5. The "shapes" are, of course, named for the 5 chord shapes in "home position" or in "open" position. The key is determined by the letter name of the Tonic Root point or note. The first scale shape you show here is that of the E "shape" in that, if you bar at the 5th fret and finger a chord that looks like an E in open position (it's Home Position) it is an A major chord played with an E form chord shape so… the scale shape is also an E Shape or Form. Great job. You might want to show the octave to octave points connected with all 5 shapes. (obviously there are 5 variation of this) It is after all just interval numbers and the faster a student can see this in their "mind's eye" that is when to "lights come on". Once again, in the spirit of this wonderfully free environment, this is just a little mention of some things that I hope help all of your viewers get a "birds eye view" of the neck. E, A, and D Shapes start on the named strings E, A, And D. E shape shares it's Tonic Root note with the G shape and C shape shares it's Tonic Root note with A shape. Keep on keepin' on Nate and ,as always, my positive wishes to all students (after over 40 years of teaching guitar at the privately and at the college level) good practice and good times for one and all. Nate… you're one of the good ones my friend. Sincerely, The Crazy Professor (Neal Grandstaff)

  6. is blues note will be use in all type of scales such as G,C,F,E & so on what is the real diffnetion or means of BLUES pls reply best regard ur affectionate viewer.

  7. can you play these anywhere on the fret board or does it matter what fret you start on

  8. Thank you brother, like and subscribe.

  9. What is the advantage of learning scales???please someone explain me..
    Everybody says its the basic of rock music and you can make your own music ..
    But how??

  10. What I like is you can do the Major scale here this is one way of two.
    Example you can start at A 5-7,4-5-7,4-6-7 this is where you come to the fork in the road.
    you could finish with 4-6-7,5-7,4-5 or you could play7-9-11,7-9-11,9-10 strange how this road meets 🙂 The reason I point out this scale or the fork in the road is because it gives you more options 😛 EnjoY!

  11. Lovely Video clip! Apologies for the intrusion, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you ever tried – Riddleagan Blossoming Solo Remedy (google it)? It is a smashing one of a kind product for mastering guitar scales without the headache. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my friend after a lifetime of fighting got great success with it.

  12. That seems a lot easier than i expected. You are a really good teacher, earned a sub 🙂

  13. thankyou for the video

  14. this is very helpful as a advanced player

  15. Great video very informative

  16. Imed Eddine Amaïdia

    Scales are based on the notes i get it!
    but do we have to learn all the common shape scales or are they based on somthing?

  17. i need your advice i am learning guitar to play more with my friends in church hymns she is on her keyboard iam doing the guitar
    so what do you advice learning way??
    focus on learning more chords everyday ,scales ? ??
    what is the learning way to end up playing nice hymns chord
    kind regards

  18. is practicing these scales just for finger strengthening? or does knowing these scales actually make playing songs easier? great video btw

  19. if you switch frets, will these scales still work but on a different root note?

  20. This stuff is so confusing

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