Using the select menus below, select either a major, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, blues, altered, diminished, octatonic (jazz diminished scale) or wholetone scale.
Use the "Low fret" and "High fret" menus to choose how much of the scale to display. To practice in a specific position choose a 4 or 5 fret area. As you play and visualize those notes you will burn that area of the fingerboard into your memory.
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Click on a tab below (Major, Minor or Dominant7) to reveal practice tracks in each key. Experiment by finding repeating patterns in whatever scale you have pulled up in the scale practice tool above. Also, if you'd like to play along with various chord progressions in other styles, check out the chord progressions page.
Pick a major scale above to play along. There are 3 major chords in every major key. They naturally occur one the 1st, 4th and 5th note of any major scale. For example, the C chord is built on the 1st note of the C major scale, the 4th note of the G major scale and the 5th note of the F major scale.
Try experimenting with playing the C major scale with the F major track. Also, for some wild sounds, try getting a little out of the box by playing the D major scale with the C major track.
Select a minor scale above. Every major key has 3 naturally occurring minor chords. The relative minor is built on the 6th note of the scale. The other 2 minor chords are built on the 2nd and 3rd notes of the scale. So, for example, in the key of C, the 3 minor chords are Dm, Em and Am.
Another way to think about this is to pick a minor track below and find the scales that might work for that chord. So, for example, Bm is the 2nd chord of the A major scale, the 3rd chord in the G major scale and the 6th chord in the C major scale. Each will give a little different flavor as you play along with the A minor track.
Have fun experimenting with different combinations.
The 2 chords used in each of the audio practice tracks are listed below each audio player. The first chord (the V7 chord) is built on the 5th note of a major scale. For example, G7 chord is the V7 chord in the key of C.
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