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Major Scale Tabs

There are quite a few ways to play a major scale on the guitar. Listed below are five common patterns you can use to play the major scale in different positions throughout the neck. It's important to know where to find the root notes for each scale on the fretboard. All of the guitar scales on this page are for C major, to play them in other keys you just need to move the pattern to start on a different note.

1. C major scale with the root note on 6th string, 8th fret

E||---------------------------------7-8-10-||
B||----------------------------8-10--------||
G||---------------------7-9-10-------------||
D||--------------7-9-10--------------------||
A||-------7-8-10---------------------------||
E||--8-10----------------------------------||

2. C major scale with the root note on 4th, string 10th fret

E||------------------------------------------10-12-13-||
B||---------------------------------10-12-13----------||
G||-------------------------9-10-12-------------------||
D||-----------------9-10-12---------------------------||
A||-----------10-12-----------------------------------||
E||--10-12-13-----------------------------------------||

3. C major scale with the root note on 5th string, 3rd fret

E||------------------------------0-1-3-||
B||------------------------0-1-3-------||
G||--------------------0-2-------------||
D||--------------0-2-3-----------------||
A||--------0-2-3-----------------------||
E||--0-1-3-----------------------------||

4. C major scale with the root note on 5th string, 3rd fret

E||------------------------------3-5-7-||
B||------------------------3-5-6-------||
G||--------------------4-5-------------||
D||--------------3-5-7-----------------||
A||--------3-5-7-----------------------||
E||--3-5-7-----------------------------||

5. C major scale with the root note on 6th string, 8th fret

E||------------------------------5-7-8-||
B||------------------------5-6-8-------||
G||--------------------5-7-------------||
D||--------------5-7-9-----------------||
A||--------5-7-8-----------------------||
E||--5-7-8-----------------------------||