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How to Read Scale Diagrams

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at how to read scale diagrams. Scale diagrams are used all throughout this site to visually represent scale shapes and patterns on the guitar.

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C Major Scale on Guitar: Positions & Theory

In this lesson we’re going to dive into the ever popular C major scale. This scale is very common and is used as the key center of countless songs. It’s happy sounding scale and typically one of the first scales guitar players learn.

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Deep Dive: The A Minor Pentatonic Scale

The A minor pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used guitar scales of all, particularly in the blues genre. In this lesson we’ll take a deep dive into the scale and explore some examples of its many uses.

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Guitar Chord Key Chart

Below is a guitar chord key chart the major and minor keys. A chord key chart outlines the diatonic chords, or the chords that naturally occur in a given key. Chord charts are useful when trying to figure out the key of a song.

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Chord Functions in the Major Keys

Chords within a given key have a function, or role they play within the key. Understanding these chord functions can help you understand why some chord progressions sound good while others sound not so good.

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Minor Triads on Guitar

In part one of guitar triads we looked at major triads and how you can learn these triads based on the CAGED guitar system. In this lesson we’ll take a look at minor triads. If you need a review of triads and how they’re formed, check out part one again. Otherwise, let’s get started!

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Major Triads on Guitar

Triads are the building blocks of chords. If you’re used to playing only full chords, triads will help expand your playing and allow you to create more unique voicings and tones. They’re a great way to spice up your playing by allowing you to easily add little embellishments to your rhythms.