Welcome back again to your lessons on acoustic guitar. We’re going to look at something that we haven’t looked at much yet which is scales.

Now the biggest question I guess people ask is I’m playing acoustic guitar why do I need to know anything about scales.
It becomes quite practical a little bit later on when you start needing to add little extra bits to your playing that are not just part of playing the straight chord or playing you know an open chord. You start to learn what the different notes are and you start to learn different ways different different notes you can play in between the chords as well.

So I’m going to teach you a major scale this is to start with the G Major scale and we’re going to base it completely on
a pattern. I’ll tell you what the notes are but you don’t really need to worry about what they are or how that’s structured
there’s a whole other video for that one so we can look at that later. But this is the pattern and how it works. So the pattern starting on the third fret because it’s a G we’re basing this on a G Major scale and we’ll go through the notes in a G Major scale are G A B C D E F# and G and they’re the notes that make up that scale called a G Major scale.

To play that on guitar we just need to learn a pattern. That pattern looks like this there’s a pattern up there actually the pattern will probably be over this side won’t it we’ll put a pattern up there for you. So it’s G A B C D E F# and G so follow that again we’ll play it through you can see the shape of that pattern starting on your second finger on the third fret. Here we go G A B C D E F# and back to G again. That’s our nice simple straightforward G Major pattern. Once you get used to
playing that you can start working your way through getting a little bit faster at it use if you’re picking you can use
alternate picking although you notice you’ve got the first two are down then up then you’ve got down up down then you
need to skip a string and go up down up so you will need to do a string skip if you’re using a pick. So down up down up down skip a string up down up. Also notice which fingers I’m using play the scale again second finger fourth so basically keeping one finger per fret just to keep it simple for now so that’s the second fourth if you can’t get your little finger to hold that down you can switch to your third finger but try and get used to it. So G A B with the first finger C with the second D with the fourth G A B C D then E with the first F# that’s with the third and then the G octave play it like that if you like G octave using your little finger.

So let’s do this nice and slowly we’ll count it and see if you can play along here we go one two three four one two three four one two three four and there’s our notes G two three four G A B C D E F# G. Now once you’ve learnt that pattern if you need to play an A Major scale you can play that quite simply by moving that same pattern up to the A note up to here. So it will become if we just follow the pattern. That’s all you need to do. That becomes an A Major scale.

If you need a C Major scale you can start the same pattern on the C note now just remember that this pattern only works
for scales starting on the bottom two strings. So only use this pattern if you’re starting on the E string or an A string.
So we’re going to start on the A string but on the third fret which is a C and that will give us the notes C D E F G A B C. I’ll do that again C D E F G A B C so learn that pattern and if you want to, record yourself playing in this case a C chord and just play a C chord over and over and while once you’ve recorded that play that back again and while you’re playing that chord practice this scale and you’ll find that those notes fit really nicely over just a C chord.

So hopefully that’s been useful to you in learning your scales if you’d like to learn more guitar or you’re a beginner guitarist I’ve got some free lessons for you there’ll be a link down the bottom for you go and know have got those free lessons and see how you go.

If you’d like more advanced guitar let me know and register for that one and I’ll show you where the next course is as well that’s a more intermediate acoustic guitarist course. I hope that’s been useful and I’ll talk to you again soon.