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There are many scales, and even more ways to play those scales on the guitar. This reference is not meant to be and all inclusive look at every possible way that you can play a particular scale. Instead, each scale is represented by at least 2 different basic fingerings. One with the root on the 6th strings, and one with the root on the 5th string. Knowing how to get the most out of the scales for writing or improvisation will also depend on your knowledge of music theory.

Each scale page will also include the following

Scale formula - The scale formula is the the notes in relationship to the major scale. For example if you see "b3" in the scale formula, that note is a half step (1 fret) lower than the 3rd note in a major scale.

Notes in a C "fill in the blank" scale - These are the notes that are in the scale if the root is C. Since a C major scale is C D E F G A B C, you will be able to compare each of the scales to that.

Guitar scale reference

Major (AKA Ionian)
Minor (AKA Aeolian)
Major Pentatonic
Minor Pentatonic
Blues
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Locrian
Melodic Minor
Harmonic Minor
Whole Tone
Half-Whole Diminished
Whole-Half Diminished

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