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Hexatonic Major  Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C
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Hexatonic Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

Guitar Lesson Summary & Chart Explanation
Major Guitar Scales

C Hexatonic Major Scale

The Hexatonic Major Scale has six notes: 1 2 3 4 5 6

The Hexatonic Major Scale is basically the Major Scale minus the 7th scale degree.See:

Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

You can also think of it as the Pentatonic Major Scale plus the 4th scale degree. See:

Pentatonic Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C


This is not a mode of the Hexatonic Minor Scale! See:

Hexatonic Minor Scale Guitar Patterns- Fretboard Chart, Key of A

Hexatonic Scale?

When we say a scale is a Hexatonic Scale, on guitar or any other instrument, we are simply saying the scale has six notes. Any scale with six notes is Hexatonic by definition. But some are certainly much more important to know than others, depending on which genres of music you play the most.

Another Hexatonic Major Scale:

The Hexatonic Major Scale is not the only six note Major scale. The Major Blues Scale is also Major and has six notes.You could also construct other 6 note scales that were also Major (remember you must have a 3 and a 5 to have a Major scale or chord, and if a 7 is present it must be a natural 7). They would also be Hexatonic Major scales. But when we say theHexatonic Major Scale we are referring to this version, because it is the most common type without an "official" name (like Major Blues). See:

Major Blues Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

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Guitar Practice Tips & Chart Terminology:

These are general guidelines both for those taking guitar lessons with me in San Francisco and for those studying independently. They are not specific to one method or style.

  • Play scales and chords correctly the first time. First impressions are strongest, is an old cliche but it's very true on guitar.
  • Play it slow and get the rhythm correct! If you have bad rhythm you suck on guitar, and at music in general. Its that simple. Slow everything down to the speed of the slowest part of the pattern you can play, if not slower, so everything is even.
  • If you play an electric guitar or steel string acoustic guitar, having the thumb over the top of the guitar neck is correct. If you play a classical guitar, thumb behind the neck is correct.
  • Relax. How fast you can ultimately play guitar is limited by tension and poor rhythm. Work it out slow and and relaxed.
  • Practice scale and arpeggio patterns from the lowest note in the box / hand position to the highest! Not from the root of the scale to the next root.
  • Spend half your guitar time practicing geek stuff (like these diagrams) and half your time writing your own songs, jamming along with recordings, pissing off your neighbors with feedback solos, etc.
  • But practice the geek stuff first!
  • Guitar leads are improvised, learning solos note for note off guitar tab or tablature is a waste of time. No one wants to hear it.

Guitar Chart Terminology:

In my own Jay Skyler Guitar System I use these terms exactly as defined below, so students can find what they are searching for with minimal frustration. I encourage other teachers, authors, and guitarists to to adopt this usage as well.

  1. The Guitar Scale Patterns or Guitar Arpeggio Patterns are what we physically play on the guitar neck, and are called Guitar Chord Forms when we play chords. Box is simply a slang term for a Guitar Scale Pattern (typically used for CAGED system patterns because they look like boxes when diagrammed).

  2. A Guitar Fretboard Diagram is a picture of the frets and strings which can be blank or have the patterns mapped out on, also called a Guitar Frame (usually with guitar chords).

  3. A Guitar Neck Diagram is simply a Guitar Fretboard Diagram that shows the whole Guitar neck (or at least from the the open strings to the 12th fret or double dots).

  4. A Guitar Chart is one or more  Guitar Fretboard Diagrams printed out, drawn by hand, or made into a graphics file for computer display or transmission.

  5. A Guitar Position Diagram or Guitar Position Chart   is a  Guitar Fretboard Diagram that  also indicates the location that the pattern(s) are to be played at relative to a given note. (Note: A Guitar Neck Diagram is by definition always also a position diagram, because we automatically know the location of the patterns by virtue of seeing the whole neck).

  6. Guitar Tablature or Guitar TAB is a semi-visual representation of the guitar neck, with the fret numbers to play written on a 6 line staff representing the six strings. I do not consider the Guitar neck diagrams on this site TAB, although many would. There is a limited amount of Guitar Tab on this site (mainly in the Exercises & Practice Patterns Section), as I feel it is far less educationally useful than the Guitar Neck Diagrams.