Learn How To Dominate The Major Scale on Guitar! – Part 1 – 6/2 Form

Written by admin on April 17th, 2011

Hey all. Welcome to the beginning of the LR GUITAR scale series. In this series, I will introduce the beginning guitar player to the various major, minor and pentatonic minor scales that are so necessary in dominating your instrument…:)The idea of learning scales may seem a tad boring to some, especially when all you want to do is shred with the big boys. But the problem here is that to be able to shred, you really need to know your neck and scales. Guys like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and every other major player know their scales backwards and frontwards…so why shouldn’t you!? Once you spend some time on this stuff you’ll be glad you did…especially when you begin to see the results that come from a focused and serious commitment to your instrument.

The above video examines the major scale in one scale form, the 6/2. So what does this 6/2 form mean. Well, basically, it means that you are using the 6th string as a scale root and starting the scale by using your 2nd finger…it’s that simple…:) This numbering system originated from the Berklee School of music and is a great way of getting to the meat of the scale. If all this still seems to be confusing, just follow the video for a more detailed examination and check out the diagrams below which present the 6/2 form in the key of C.

There are essentially five major shapes or forms (actually there are seven but who’s counting!) that allow you to play the major scale from the lowest end of the fingerboard to the highest. Instead of showing you all five forms right away, I’ll be doing one form at a time so you can spend as much time on one form as needed to get it down and comfortably under your fingers. Once you have the form committed to memory then you can move on to the next form. Consistency is obviously the key to getting these things done.

C Major Scale -6/2 Form

C Major Scale -6/2 Form

Now here’s the fun part: The above scale form is “moveable“, which means, that you can play any major scale, in any key, by simply moving your second finger to a different fret on the sixth string! How cool is that!!?? Use the diagram below to choose different roots on the sixth string. This way, once you have nailed the C Major Scale, you can then use the same 6/2 major scale form on any sixth string root…it’s that simple…:)

Sixth String Note Names

Sixth String Note Names

The diagram below is the same 6/2 major scale form we have been looking at but in it’s numeric degree function. I only did one octave but it just repeats itself on the next octave.

C Major Scale - 6/2 Form in numeric degrees

C Major Scale - 6/2 Form in numeric degrees

Check out the video for a more detailed explanation and have fun!! I hope this beginning scale series helps you out and please feel free to comment below or an youtube if you liked this lesson or have any questions of your own. Ciao for now…:)

LR

ps: One thing I forgot to mention in the video, is that these scale forms work pretty much with any style of music: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, Metal, Funk…you name it, scales are in it…:)

 

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Gary Evans says:

    I just saw this lesson on Youtube and I wanted to thank you so much for taking a complicated subject, at least to me, and making it simple and straightforward. You really have some great lessons on your site and I can’t wait for another in this series. Thanks again for all your hard work.

    Gary Evans

    • admin says:

      Thanks Gary. I greatly appreciate your comment and I’m glad you found something useful from the lesson. AS mentioned, I will be doing a bunch more of these lessons so stay tuned. Take care and all the best.

      LR

  2. Bruce Kanter says:

    Thanks LR Guitar for a very useful look at major scales. I’m following closely and looking forward to the next few posts. Thanks and keep on pickin’ :)

    BK

  3. Andres Delassantos says:

    This post has been very useful. I am going to practice both forms now. Cant wait for more on this topic!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Andres. There’s more scale lessons coming very shortly so stay tuned…:)

      LR

  4. arthur pereira says:

    I think this was one of the most informative guitar lessons I have taken. You made every thing so easy to understand and now I am really encouraged to practice more. The lesson also helped me to better understand the 6/2 position and how the same form can be used across the frets to play all the scales.

    Very well done, Lyle.

    • admin says:

      Thank you Arthur for the kind words. I am glad you got something out of this lesson and I look forward to seeing, and hearing, how your progress is doing…:) Take care and all the best.

      LR