The C Major scale is a very important scale. The major scale is where most of the melodies, chords and musical phrases we have grown to love originate from. It is the foundation of all music. We start by learning the major scale in the key of C because it has no sharps or flats.
When learning the C major scale try to say the note names out loud. It is even better if you can sing the note, and try to match your singing in pitch to the guitar.
Below is the basic shape for the C major scale.
Start by playing the scale position above to a metronome. Play one note every 4 beats and remember to say the notes of the scale out loud as you play them. The notes of the scale are listed below.
C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C
Once you have done this you can start learning how the C Major scale sounds in context. Try playing the scale with the backing track below. Play the scale to the backing track, nice and evenly, saying the notes out loud. Listen to how the notes sound against the backing track. When you are confident you can start messing around with the rhythms to try and create your own ideas with the scale along to the backing track!
Below are some useful links to help you further. If you are confused by the major scale and why it is so important you are not alone! There is a wealth of information out there on the internet, but it can be really confusing. If you need more help or would like to book a guitar lesson please feel free to get in touch with me.