G Major Scale

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This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the G Major scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.

Notes of G Major Scale

The G Major Scale contains one sharp, F#. The rest of the notes are all naturals.

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th
NotesGABCDEF#

Scale Structure

G Major is a major scale and follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W W H W W W H

G major whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the G Major scale.

Position 1

G major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

G major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

G major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

G major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

G major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of G Major

DegreeIiiiiiIVVvivii°
ChordGAmBmCDEmF#dim
Chord NotesG – B – DA – C – EB – D – F#C – E – GD – F# – AE – G – BF# – A – C

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Minor of G Major: E minor | Em – F#dim – G – Am – Bm – C – D

Parallel Minor of G Major: G minor | Gm – Adim – B♭ – Cm – Dm – E♭ – F

Modes

The following are the modes of G Major:

  • G Ionian (Major)
  • A Dorian (Minor)
  • B Phrygian (Minor)
  • C Lydian (Major)
  • D Mixolydian (Major)
  • E Aeolian (Minor)
  • F# Locrian (Minor)