Guitar Major Scales In Open Position

Learning Major Scales in Open Position is a valuable exercise for all guitarists. Rhythm guitarists can use these guitar scale patterns for single note runs, adding notes to chord voicings and creating new chords. Lead guitarists can use the open strings in guitar licks and improvisation. Knowing open position scale patterns will enable you smoothly switch between rhythm and lead guitar.

This guitar lesson shows the guitar major scale in open position for all 12 keys, using the first 4 frets on the guitar and the open strings. I would suggest using one-finger-per-fret to start. Experiment with different fingerings once you have a pattern memorized. The more common guitar keys, the sharp keys, are shown first. Then the flat keys. Try to memorize all patterns!

The tablature for these guitar scales shows how I would recommend practicing each guitar scale to start.

  1. Start on the low root note
  2. Ascend through the scale to the highest available note
  3. Descend to the lowest note, past the original root if notes are available
  4. Ascend and finish on the root

Starting and ending on the root will help establish the key of the scale to your ear.

Now get practicing on this guitar scales chart!

C Major Scale

C Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

C Major Scale

C Major Scale - Open Position

G Major Scale

G Major Scale Scale - Open Position

G Major Scale

G Major Scale - Open Position

D Major Scale

D Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

D Major Scale

D Major Scale - Open Position

A Major Scale

A Major Scale - Open Position

A Major Scale

A Major Scale - Open Position

E Major Scale

E Major Scale - Open Position

E Major Scale

E Major Scale - Open Position

B Major Scale

B Major Scale - Open Position

B Major Scale

B Major Scale - Open Position

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F# Major Scale

F# Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

F# Major Scale

F# Major Scale - Open Position

F Major Scale

F Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

F Major Scale

F Major Scale - Open Position

Bb Major Scale

Bb Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

B Flat Major Scale

Bb Major Scale - Open Position

Eb Major Scale

Eb Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

E Flat Major Scale

Eb Major Scale - Open Position

Ab Major Scale

Ab Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

A Flat Major Scale

Ab Major Scale - Open Position

Db Major Scale

Db Major Scale Diagram - Open Position

D Flat Major Scale

Db Major Scale - Open Position

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8 Comments on “Guitar Major Scales In Open Position”

  • MJK (Mike) wrote on 21 April, 2010, 7:33

    Storm, THANKS.
    I cannot tell you how thankful I am for this lesson. I had fallen off the guitar wagon, but this lesson was the needed item to get me back on.
    Work has been getting the better of me and my practices, but I am making some changes and “practicing the guitar” is the most needed change at the moment.

  • Storm wrote on 22 April, 2010, 0:18

    @MJK (Mike) – You’re welcome! There are a lot of valuable scale patterns to practice in this lesson. Still, I find a lot of more advanced guitarists don’t play these all that well. I am happy this lesson helped you out.

  • Steve Phillips wrote on 9 August, 2010, 16:57

    I had stared to write out this above idea and thought I would look in Google Images to take short cut. That brought me here. I think what you have done is wonderful, for us who can read music we can see what notes we are playing. Many guitar learning websites only teach students to use the major scale Chord box patterns. Therefore many of their students don’t have a clue what notes they are playing on the fret board. Your method not only teaches how to play them but also what notes twe are playing.

  • Doyle wrote on 21 November, 2010, 13:39

    this is a great resource!

  • jay2d123 wrote on 11 November, 2012, 11:43

    thanks guys much appreciated  

  • amir wrote on 4 January, 2013, 3:14

    Thanks a ton Storm, could you do the same for Minor scales too including pentatonic

  • Karl justin wrote on 28 March, 2014, 5:31

    Thank you storm but may I request the guitar minor scales in open position I would really appreciate it thanks :)))))

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