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Moveable Scale Shapes 4

The way the Guitar is designed we can learn a piece of information in one place and then move it up and down the guitar to create new versions of it. In the same way as I have shown you Moveable Chords we can do the same for Scales.

To get the explanation on how the moveable scales work go to Moveable Scale Shapes 1 or 2. Here is the A Major Scale Shape 4. There are 5 moveable scale shapes that can be used for all the Major scales (keys). Below is the fourth moveable scale shape in A Major.

A Major Scale

The way to work it out is to find the root note of the scale you want. Say, for A Major it is A and for C Major it is C. The diagram above shows that the A is on the 5th string (2nd thickest string) on the 12th fret. If you use the one finger one fret method for playing scales you will use your 4th finger (the little finger) to play the A on the 12th fret.

So just slide your 4th finger down to the 3rd fret and then play the scale the same way. Because of its position you will use the open strings as well so you will need to change your fingers to do this. See below for the C Major Scale. Now you are playing C Major.

C Major Scale

This means that by knowing this Major Scale shape you can play something over every song no matter what Major Scale (Key) it uses. The following table shows which fret to place your 4th finger to play the corresponding Scale. We will start at fret 3 because that is the first place that you can play this shape in its entirety:-

Fret 3 = C Major

Fret 4 = C#/Db Major

Fret 5 = D Major

Fret 6 = D#/Eb Major

Fret 7 = E Major

Fret 8 = F Major

Fret 9 = F#/Gb Major

Fret 10 = G Major

Fret 11 = G#/Ab Major

Fret 12 = A Major

Fret 13 = A#/Bb major

Fret 14 = B Major

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