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How to Play the Degrees of the Major Scale on Guitar

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 The Degrees of the Major Scale --------------------------------------------------------------------- Before you start learning your basic scales, it's important to understand what scales actually consist of. Each note in a scale is designated a number or "degree." Ben will show you what these degrees mean and how they relate to playing different chord progressions. Major Scale Degrees --------------------------------------------------------------------- A major scale consists of seven different scale degrees, or seven different notes (the eight scale degree portrayed below is an octave above the first degree, meaning it's the same note). Refer to the chord chart image below:In the key of G major (white letters represent scale degrees): * 1st degree: G * 2nd degree: A * 3rd degree: B * 4th degree: C * 5th degree: D * 6th degree: E * 7th degree: F# * 8th degree/1st degree: G (one octave above the 1st degree) Scale degrees are also recognized in musical notation (the key of C major, see below). Using Scale Degrees with Chords --------------------------------------------------------------------- As Ben demonstrates, one of the most common uses of major scale degrees is when dealing with chord progressions. For instance, in the key of C:A "1, 4, 5" progression moves from a C major chord, to an F major chord, to a G major chord.A "1, 5,?4" progression moves from a C major chord, to a G major chord, to an F major chord.A "1, 6, 4, 5" progression moves from a C major chord, to an A minor chord, to an F major chord, to a G major chord.In the 1, 6, 4, 5 progression, the reason why the 6th chord is A minor is because the minor third of A is the note C, which is in the C major key. Refer to lessons three through six for information on major and minor thirds. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-play-degrees-of-the-major-scale-on-guitar/
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