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#1 The Major Scale – 00:39
#2 The Major Pentatonic Scale – 03:34
#3 The Natural Minor Scale – 06:04
#4 Minor Pentatonic Scale – 09:15
#5 The Blues Scale – 10:43

In this lesson, we’re going to cover one of the first parts of learning how to play lead guitar. I’m going to show you the 5 essential guitar scales. These scales are the ones you’ll find yourself using the most in your lead guitar playing. For all of these scales, we are going to be using A as our tonal center. This means that the root note of all these scales will be an A.

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44 comments

  1. Francys Varona

    major scale,harmonic minor,melodic minor, blues scale, pentatonic all positions once you know these you know them all

  2. The shapes took me 5 minutes to learn. If it takes you weeks to learn ……. Come on man ! Lol

  3. kabore barkwend patrice steven

    I liked it alot.. May God bless you.
    Love from Burkina Faso

  4. he looks a bit like the vocalist of Three Doors Down haha

  5. You r an intellectual human being

  6. Anoop K Sharma

    You're always helpful

  7. Something like this description of "chord patterns on the guitar" would be helpful to augment this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QNFMPevkog

  8. SHIREN AKAGAMI

    Could you please post a level up lesson of scales…….I got this lesson…..so I want to learn even further……so could you please post another video for scales

  9. woodyallen1000

    Thank you. I owe you big time for taking me out of the rut. You are a great teacher.

  10. So this is probably a silly question but since the A Major Scale starts on A – if I took that exact shape/pattern but started on a different note (let's say B for the sake of an example) would I then be playing a B Major Scale?

  11. this was very helpful. thank you

  12. Great job, Nate. I love your ability to keep it concise yet comprehensive. On the minor scale, though: shouldn't the fingering be 3rd finger on the D string? Just asking…I'm not sure myself…just that it's such a stretch to try to fret that note with the 2nd finger

  13. Seriously Enjoying it.

  14. Great Video clip! Excuse me for chiming in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Riddleagan Blossoming Solo Remedy (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for mastering guitar scales without the headache. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my mate finally got excellent success with it.

  15. Guitar Mechanics

    The "shapes" are, of course, named for the 5 chord shapes in "home position" or in "open" position. The key is determined by the letter name of the Tonic Root point or note. The first scale shape you show here is that of the E "shape" in that, if you bar at the 5th fret and finger a chord that looks like an E in open position (it's Home Position) it is an A major chord played with an E form chord shape so… the scale shape is also an E Shape or Form. Great job. You might want to show the octave to octave points connected with all 5 shapes. (obviously there are 5 variation of this) It is after all just interval numbers and the faster a student can see this in their "mind's eye" that is when to "lights come on". Once again, in the spirit of this wonderfully free environment, this is just a little mention of some things that I hope help all of your viewers get a "birds eye view" of the neck. E, A, and D Shapes start on the named strings E, A, And D. E shape shares it's Tonic Root note with the G shape and C shape shares it's Tonic Root note with A shape. Keep on keepin' on Nate and ,as always, my positive wishes to all students (after over 40 years of teaching guitar at the privately and at the college level) good practice and good times for one and all. Nate… you're one of the good ones my friend. Sincerely, The Crazy Professor (Neal Grandstaff)

  16. is blues note will be use in all type of scales such as G,C,F,E & so on what is the real diffnetion or means of BLUES pls reply best regard ur affectionate viewer.

  17. can you play these anywhere on the fret board or does it matter what fret you start on

  18. :Nicodemus - :Dean

    Thank you brother, like and subscribe.

  19. What is the advantage of learning scales???please someone explain me..
    Everybody says its the basic of rock music and you can make your own music ..
    But how??

  20. What I like is you can do the Major scale here this is one way of two.
    Example you can start at A 5-7,4-5-7,4-6-7 this is where you come to the fork in the road.
    you could finish with 4-6-7,5-7,4-5 or you could play7-9-11,7-9-11,9-10 strange how this road meets 🙂 The reason I point out this scale or the fork in the road is because it gives you more options 😛 EnjoY!

  21. Bartek Grądzki

    That seems a lot easier than i expected. You are a really good teacher, earned a sub 🙂

  22. benj2520 benj2520

    thankyou for the video

  23. this is very helpful as a advanced player

  24. Great video very informative

  25. Imed Eddine Amaïdia

    Scales are based on the notes i get it!
    but do we have to learn all the common shape scales or are they based on somthing?

  26. i need your advice i am learning guitar to play more with my friends in church hymns she is on her keyboard iam doing the guitar
    so what do you advice learning way??
    focus on learning more chords everyday ,scales ? ??
    what is the learning way to end up playing nice hymns chord
    kind regards

  27. is practicing these scales just for finger strengthening? or does knowing these scales actually make playing songs easier? great video btw

  28. if you switch frets, will these scales still work but on a different root note?

  29. This stuff is so confusing

  30. Gibson Holdsworth

    Very happy man. This is in my favrits. You made it super easy to learn

  31. Nikhil Parvatkar

    Helped a lot. Cant thank you enough. Keep the good work going on 🙂

  32. Thank you for this!

  33. Αριστείδης Αμεήρευκε

    wow great lesson helped me out a lot as a beginner. is there something similar describing the byzantine scale?

  34. thanks for the help

  35. Thanks a lot, Nate! Your video's really helped me progress a lot as a guitar player!
    Subbed!

  36. Gibson Holdsworth

    That was encredibly easy to learn you made it fast and simple, thanks dude!

  37. I found à Nice teacher right here

  38. Thank you.

  39. So say a general metal or rock riff, how do you know what key it is in? bravo sir great video

  40. helped a lot

  41. Ralph Rodriguez

    one question i had about the scales so do the notes change for placement such as E-G-A-B-D do i have a different fret and finger positions every time the notes change ? or is every pentatonic the played the same its still confusing to me on how it changes from A major scale and G major scale

  42. hi nate,thx for the lesson.just wanna ask,if i use the A major scale and start from a different note like G,it will be a G major scale right?

  43. Molly Sherwood

    This is just what I need! Love the practice tracks – Thank you!! 🙂

  44. Why learnt it tho

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