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Think of these scales like “legos”. These are the basic building blocks from which nearly everything else on guitar is built. You should know these scales inside out and backwards.

Start by practicing them in the isolated shapes below. The end goal is to be able to visualize all five as one giant shape. Here is a controllable gif that shows how all the shapes link together. Resize your window (smaller) to get the whole picture into the frame and move the mouse back and forth over the different pieces.

Here they are broken up into the way that I learned them as a beginner:

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Guitar Scales 1-01

Guitar Scales C major two-01

Guitar Scales C major three-01

Guitar Scales 4-01

Guitar Scales 5-01

Have you started mastering these shapes? Try these ones next.