Relative major and minor scales

The Relative Major and Relative Minor Scales

Few concepts in music theory provide an “aha” moment quite like learning about the relative major and relative minor keys. The realization of the relationship between the two brings quite a bit of clarity to the learning the major/minor scale patterns and sets the groundwork for exploring the concept of modes.

Intervals on the guitar
Blues scale on guitar

The Blues Scale

When it comes to soloing, the blues scale is one of the most popular scales used.  It’s used across many genres of music, from blues to rock to jazz and others. David Gilmour uses it extensively in his solos.

Building chords from the major scale

Building Chords from the Major Scale

Building chords from the major scale sets the foundation for writing and understanding chord progressions, transposing to other keys, and developing your ear as a guitarist. In this lesson you’ll learn how chords are constructed from the major scale by stacking 3rds, what determines the quality of these chords, and how these chords map to the fretboard.

Natural minor scale

The (Natural) Minor Scale

What is the minor scale? What makes it minor vs major? In this lesson we’ll break down the natural minor scale and it’s qualities and take a look at how it is applied to the fretboard.

Major pentatonic scale on guitar

The Major Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales on the guitar. The versatility and playability of the scale makes it a popular choice for use in guitar soloing and melodies. No doubt about it, this five-note scale packs a punch! Let’s take a look at what makes up this scale and how it’s applied to the guitar fretboard. By the end of this lesson you’ll see for yourself what makes this scale so special!

Major scale on guitar

The Major Scale: The Most Important Guitar Scale to Learn

The major scale is the centerpiece of music theory and probably the most commonly used scale in music.  In order to understand chords and other scales, you need to first understand the major scale. In this lesson we will take a look at what makes up the major scale and the major scale patterns on the guitar.

Learning notes on the guitar fretboard

Learning the Notes on the Guitar Fretboard

Learning the notes of the guitar fretboard can feel like a daunting task, but it’s vitally important. Without knowing the notes, you face a very difficult challenge in further understanding music theory and opening yourself up as a guitar player. It’s not the most fun task, but in this lesson I’ll give you a few different avenues that will help make this process a little smoother.