G Major Scale 5 Positions

G Major Scale 5 Positions


The major scale is a seven note per octave series of notes that make up a great number of songs and melodies in western music. When harmonized, the notes of the major scale create chords which are called diatonic chords because the notes from the scale are not altered or borrowed from another key. I will demonstrate with the C major scale:

 

SCALES
C  D  E  F  G  A  B      notes of the C major scale or C Ionian Scale       
   D  E  F  G  A  B  C      notes of the D Dorian scale
      E  F  G  A  B  C  D      notes of the E Phrygian scale
         F  G  A  B  C  D  E      notes of the F Lydian scale
            G  A  B  C  D  E  F      notes of the G Mixolydian scale 
               A  B  C  D  E  F  G      notes of the Aeolian scale 
                  B  C  D  E  F  G  A      notes of the B Locrian scale     

CHORDS
C  D  E  F  G  A  B      notes in red make up a C major chord   
   D  E  F  G  A  B  C       notes in red make up a D minor chord
      E  F  G  A  B  C  D       notes in red make up a E minor chord 
         F  G  A  B  C  D  E       notes in red make up a F major chord     
            G  A  B  C  D  E  F       notes in red make up a G major chord     
               A  B  C  D  E  F  G       notes in red make up a A minor chord      
                  B  C  D  E  F  G  A        notes in red make up a B diminished chord


The interval or distance between the seven notes would be a series of Whole steps and Half steps.

 

               C       D       E      F       G       A       B
               Whole – Whole – Half – Whole – Whole – Whole – Half


No matter what key you are in this formula will always work.


Another term for the intervals would be

 

C          D             E          F             G         A            B             C
Tonic      Supertonic    Median     Subdominant   Dominant  Submediant   leading tone  Octave


In this video I will demonstrate the G major scale in 5 positions up and down the fingerboard.


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