Beginner Guitar Scales is a free lesson by Peter Vogl that will teach you five basic guitar scales. These are the first set of scales that Peter teaches students regardless of what type of music they are interested in playing. These are open or first position versions of the Pentatonic, Blues, Major, Minor, and Chromatic Scales. Later on you will use different notes from a scale to create a guitar solo or lead part. Learning to play these scales smoothly will get you on your way to playing lead guitar. Below you will find the video lesson and tab for each of the five scales. To learn more about scales, check out our Beginner Scales & Alternate Picking premium lesson.
The first scale we will learn is the Em pentatonic scale. It's a five note scale that's widely used and not too difficult.
Now lets learn the E blues scale. The E blues scale is a 6 note scale very similar to the Em pentatonic scale. We simply add one note, the flat 5.
Here is the G Major Scale. It is a 7 note scale.
The A minor scale is next. It is also a 7 note scale.
The chromatic scale is the last one and it is a 12 note scale. Chromatic means moving by half step or 1 fret at a time.
Practice these open position scales until you have them memorized.
Lesson 3: Beginner Scales & Alternate Picking by Peter Vogl will cover beginner techniques for both the left and right hand. Alternate Picking involves striking the string with downwards and upwards motions. Peter will share some drills and tips to help you learn this picking technique. Learn how to alternate pick allows you to play faster and requires less effort. We'll also take our first look at guitar scales. We'll learn the E Blues Scale, G Major Scale, A Minor Scale, and the Chromatic Scale. The download includes a Quicktime video and a .pdf of the tablature.