12 Types of Major Scales - Guitar Lesson With Diagrams
- By Stef Ramin
- On 04/16/2019
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What's a Major Scale?
A major scale is a scale containing a major third (3) and a major seventh (7). There must be four half-steps between the root and the major third and one half-step between the major seventh and the root. The most known is the major scale spelled 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7.
What Are the Twelve Types of Major Scales?
When we think about major scales, the first that comes to mind is the Ionian mode, best know as THE major scale. However, there are several other types of major scales (Ionian #5, Lydian augmented #2, Ionian b6) which deserve a little more attention. Here they are listed with guitar shapes and formulas.
2 - The Lydian Mode
This is the fourth mode of the major scale. This is THE mode to master when you want to bring a little bit of tension to your major lines. The formula is 1 - 2 (9) - 3 - #4 (#11) - 5 - 6 (13) - 7.
Major Modes From the Harmonic Major Scale
6 - The Ionian b6 Mode
This is the first mode of the harmonic major scale. Although the modes of the harmonic major scale are rarely used, it can be interesting to learn and play them. The formula of the Ionian b6 is : 1 - 2 (9) - 3 - 4 (11) - 5 - b6 (b13) - 7
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