This page is about learning to play scales in a controlled manner with correct fingering. (There will be other pages later about rock scales and improvising). All scales should be played smoothly and speed built gradually. The first group is for beginners at about grade 1 level. You could try all the scales, or just those that the teacher marks on your sheet (following the music for the others). There are four MP3s, starting very slow at 40 bpm, then 60 bpm, then 80bpm, then 100 bpm. It is not necessary to go any faster at this level!
All scales should be played in position with correct LH fingers!
Click here to print free scale sheet with suggested RH fingering.
Very slow 40 bpm:
Quite slow 60 bpm
Nearly there! 80 bpm
You made it! 100bpm
These are the fretboard shapes for the four patterns of one octave scales that appear in grade 1. Remember these have to be played i.m. and from memory!
The Scale of C major, one octave, starting on fret 3 on string 5:
The Scale of C major, one octave, starting on fret 5 on string 3:
The Scale of C harmonic minor, one octave, starting on fret 3 on string 5:
The Scale of C harmonic minor, one octave, starting on fret 5 on string 3:
And if you got this far, good luck guys!!
Actually there are several options, but this one is easy to work with and follows all the selection criteria!
And if you got this far, good luck Megan!!