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


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

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C Major Blues Scale

C Major Blues Scale Notes: C D Eb E G A Major Blues Scale Scale Degrees:1 2 3 3 5 6 Major Blues Scale Alternative Names: No Other Common Names

The Guitar Fretboard Diagrams show all 5 CAGED system forms of the Major Blues Scale on the guitar neck in the key of C.

This is an essential scale that every guitar player should eventually know.

Unlike the Major or Minor scale, which have functional (meaning they sound good at least sometimes) modes built on every note in the scale, the Blues Scale only has one functional mode, the Major Blues scale mentioned above. The Major Blues scale is built on the flatted third scale degree ( 3 ). The Minor Blues Scale, not the Major Blues, is "Standard" The Minor Blues scale is the far more commonly used scale of the two, so as in the norm in music, it gets shortened to "The Blues Scale." Its just like with chords. If I asked you to play a G chord you would (I hope) play a G Major chord. Since the most common type of chord is major we can shorten the name of G Major chord to just G chord. So when we say "the Blues Scale" we are just using a shortened name for the Minor Blues Scale. If we want to refer to the Major Blues scale we must say "Major Blues Scale".

The Major Blues Scale is usually a safe choice against both Dominant and Major progressions. See:

Blues (Minor Blues) Scale Guitar Patterns- Chart, Key of A

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Guitar Practice Tips:

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 Method 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.