The G Major Scale

Hi all,

Time to get positive!!

So far we’ve mostly been working on minor scales, which are known for their sad, slightly sombre feel.  Major scales however sound much brighter and happier.  If you hear a happy, upbeat song then chances are it’s written in a major key.

In this lesson we are looking at the key of G Major, as shown below.

You may notice that the shape is very similar to that of the E minor scale and this is because the two scales share exactly the same notes.  Because they share the same ‘genetics’ we could call them relatives.  The E minor scale is known as the relative minor of G major.  The other way round, we would say that G major is the relative major of E minor.



You can hear the scale here: G_Major_Ex.

Exercise 1

Choose a drum beat according to your required speed from drum beats and practice the scale ascending and descending, being careful to keep in time with the drums.
Use alternate picking throughout.

Exercise 2

I have written a short piece for you to practice.  It combines the scale of G major in with some common chords you will find in the key of G major.

[G_Major_Scale NO LEAD]
[G Major Scale TAB]

Need help reading the diagram? Read the guide here.

Happy playing!


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