Major Scales
MAJOR SCALES are the building blocks for all of music. Major scales are built on a specific pattern of half-step and
whole-step intervals. The pattern for a major scale is Whole-step, Whole-step, Half-step, Whole-step, Whole-step,
Whole-step, Half-step. Starting on any note, if you follow this pattern you will build a major scale in the note's key.
Directions: Fill in major scale notes following the interval pattern. Determine the number of sharps or flats. List
sharps or flats in order. I have filled in some of the spaces for you.
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Whole Whole Half Whole Whole Whole Half What are they?
C _D_ _E_ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ none _________________
The following scales all contain SHARPS.
G________________F#____ _____ _F#,_____________
D ___ _F#_ ___ ___ ___ _C#_ ___ _____ __F#,C#,_________
A_____________________ _3 #'s _________________
E_____________________ _____ _________________
B ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _________________
F# ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ E#_ ___ _____ _________________
The following scales all contain FLATS.
F ___ ___ _Bb_ ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _________________
Bb ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _________________
Eb ___ ___ _Ab ___ ___ ___ ___ _3 b's _________________
Ab ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _Bb,Eb,Ab,Db_____
Db ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _________________
Gb ___ ___ _Cb ___ ___ ___ ___ _____ _________________
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Major Scale Table
Major Scales are the foundation upon which all of the upcoming theory is going to be built. Just like multiplica-
tion tables need to be memorized, major scales and the key signatures that they generate have to be learned and
memorized. KEY SIGNATURES are the pattern of sharps or flats that each major scale generates.
Directions: Fill in the major scale notes
on the following table. Remember, the
naturally occurring half-steps are between
E-F and B-C.
Check your answers at
www.LearnandMasterGuitar.com/answerkey
Session 7 Assignment
SESSION 7 46 Barre Chords on the 6th String
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· Memorize the Notes on the Sixth String. (page 43)
· Memorize the 6th String Barre Chord Forms. (page 44)
· Play through 6th String Barre Chord Exercises. Make sure each chord is sounding clear and that the chords
change at the right time. (page 44)
· Play Home on the Range, both notes and chords. Try to use all barre chords. (page 47)
· Play Yellow Rose of Texas, both notes and chords. (page 47)
· Complete the Major Scale and the Major Scale Table Worksheets. (pages 45-46)
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Keys & Key Signatures
KEY SIGNATURES are derived from the flats or sharps found in a major scale. Each major scale produces a unique
combination of sharps or flats as its key signature. A key signature will never have both sharps and flats in it simul-
taneously. The order of the sharps and flats in a key signature come in a predictable sequence. The key signature
order of sharps is F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#. The order of flats is Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb.
Directions: Using your major scales, determine the proper key and list the key signature. Put sharps or flats in the
proper order.
Check your answers at
www.www.LearnandMasterGuitar.com/answerkey
1) What key has 4 flats in its key signature? ______ What are they? ____ ____ ____ ____
2) What key has 3 sharps in its key signature? _____ What are they? ____ ____ ____
3) What key has 2 flats in its key signature? _____ What are they? ____ ____
4) What key has 4 sharps in its key signature? ______ What are they? ____ ____ ____ ____
5) In the key of G, what note(s) are sharped/flatted? ______________
6) In the key of F, what note(s) are sharped/flatted? ______________
7) In the key of C, what note(s) are sharped/flatted? ______________
8) In the key of Db, what note(s) are sharped/flatted? ______________
9) In the key of B, what note(s) are sharped/flatted? ______________
10) What key has 2 sharps in its key signature? _____ What are they? ____ ____
11) What key has 5 sharps in its key signature? _____ What are they? ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
SESSION 8 49 Barre Chords on the 5th String
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12) If the key signature has a Bb and an Eb in it, what's the key? _______
13) If the key signature has an F#, C#, G#, and a D#, what's the key? _______
14) If the key signature is F# and C#, what's the key? _______
15) If the key signature is Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db, what's the key? _______
16) If the key signature is F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, and E#, what's the key? _______
Relative Major and Minor Scales
There is a unique relationship between the keys of major scales and minor scales. This relationship is called RELATIVE.
Relative major and minor scales share the same key signatures. To derive a relative minor scale: Go to the
6th step of the major scale and build an 8 note scale in that key. You can get to the 6th step of any major scale by
either going up six steps from the root or down two steps. So, the C major scale and the A minor scale share the
same key signature. Therefore A is the relative minor of C major and conversely C is the relative major of A minor.
Session 8 Assignment
SESSION 8 50 Barre Chords on the 5th String
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Theory Tips & Tricks...How to determine a key by looking at the key signature.
For Keys with Sharps: The key is one half-step up from the last sharp in the key signature.
For example, if the key signature is F#, C#, G#, then the last sharp is G#. One half-step
up from G# is A. The key is A.
For Keys with Flats: The key is the next to last flat in the key signature.
For example, if the key signature is Bb, Eb, Ab, the next to last flat is Eb. So, the key is Eb.
C Major Scale
A Minor Scale
D Minor Scale
F Major Scale
· Memorize the 5th String Barre Chord Forms. (page 48)
· Play through 5th String Barre Chord Exercises. Make sure each chord is sounding clear and that the chords
change at the right time. (pages 48-49)
· Play Jamaica Farewell in F, both notes and chords. Use 6th and 5th string barre chords. (page 51)
· Play Jamaica Farewell in G, both notes and chords. Use 6th and 5th string barre chords. (page 51)
· Complete the Keys & Key Signatures Worksheet. (pages 49-50)
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INTERVALS are the distance between two notes. DIATONIC refers to intervals that are found within the major scale.
You will be given the key and a specific scale step and then you will need to derive the specific note. Here are
some examples …
1) In C, what is the 3rd step? The C scale is C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C. The 3rd step is E.
2) In A, what is the 6th? The A scale is A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A. The 6th step is F#.
Diatonic Intervals Worksheet
Directions: Fill in the correct note corresponding to the diatonic interval asked for.
Check your answers at www.LearnandMasterGuitar.com/answerkey
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3.
4.
1) In C, what is the 4th ? __F__
2) In F, what is the 6th ? __D__
3) In Ab, what is the 4th ? _____
4) The 4th in D is _____
5) The 6th in E is _____
6) In D, what is the 6th ? _____
7) In G, what is the 7th ? _____
8) In Db, what is the 2nd ? _____
9) The 2nd in F# is _____
10) The 3rd in D is _____
11) In G, what is the 5th ? _____
12) In D, what is the 7th ? _____
13) In A, what is the 3rd ? _____
14) The 6th in Gb is _____
15) The 7th in Db is _____
16) In Bb, what is the 6th ? _____
17) In F, what is the 7th ? _____
18) The 2nd in B is _____
19) The 3rd in F# is _____
20) The 3rd in Gb is _____
Harmonic Intervals Worksheet
Directions: Fill in the correct note corresponding to the harmonic interval asked for. Add double sharps or flats
if needed.
Check your answers at www.LearnandMasterGuitar.com/answerkey
1) In C, what is the minor 6th ? _Ab__ 6) The minor 2nd in D is _____
2) In F, what is the augmented 2nd ? _G#__ 7) The augmented 6th in E is _____
3) In Bb, what is the diminished 5th ? _____ 8) The minor 7th in B is _____
4) In Eb, what is the minor 3rd ? _____ 9) The minor 6th of F# is _____
5) In Ab, what is the diminished 5th ? _____ 10) The minor 7th of G is _____
Session 9 Assignment
La Bamba
SESSION 9 55 The Secret to Great Strumming
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· Practice all of the Strumming Examples given. Start slowly, then gradually increase your speed. Remember
to use good technique and to always keep your strumming hand going. (pages 52-53)
· Play La Bamba, both notes and chords, using the strumming pattern given. (page 55)
· Play The Wabash Cannonball, both notes and chords, with the strumming pattern. (page 56)
· Play Blues in E, both notes and chords, with the strumming pattern. (page 56)
· Complete the Interval Worksheets. (pages 53, 55)
Jam Along CD #3
Track 2 - Slow Version
Track 3 - Medium Version
Track 4 - Fast Version
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Triad Examples in C
1) A C Major triad would use the 1st, 3rd and 5th scale tones from the C major scale. So, a C Major triad would be C,
E and G.
2) A CMinortriad would use the same scale tones, but we would need to lower the 3rd a half step. So, a C Minor triad
would be C, Eb,and G.
3) A C Augmented triad would require us to raise the 5th step up a half step. So, a C Augmented triad would be C, E,
and G#.
4) A CDiminishedtriad would have us lower the 3rd and the 5th scale tone down a half step. This would make a C
Diminished triad be C, Eb,and Gb.
Triad Worksheet
Directions: Fill in the proper letter names for each triad.
Check your answers at www.LearnandMasterGuitar.com/answerkey
1) F Minor _F__ _Ab_ _C__
2) G Major _G__ _B__ _D__
3) C Diminished ____ ____ ____
4) Bb Augmented ____ ____ ____
5) Eb Major ____ ____ ____
6) D Minor ____ ____ ____
7) A Diminished ____ ____ ____
8) Ab Major ____ ____ ____
9) E Minor ____ ____ ____
10) C Minor ____ ____ ____
Session 13 Assignment
SESSION 13 74 Playing the Blues
Learn & Master Guitar
11) F Major ____ ____ ____
12) G Minor ____ ____ ____
13) Bb Diminished ____ ____ ____
14) D Augmented ____ ____ ____
15) Eb Minor ____ ____ ____
16) A Major ____ ____ ____
17) Ab Minor ____ ____ ____
18) E Augmented ____ ____ ____
19) Db Major ____ ____ ____
20) B Minor ____ ____ ____
· Practice all of the Pentatonic Forms with Blues Notes in all keys for the full range of the guitar. (page 72)
· Memorize the Blues Chord Progression. (pages 72-73)
· Memorize the four Triad Types and complete the Triad Practice Worksheet. (pages 73-74)
· Play Jammin the Blues and Johnny’s E Blues with the Jam Along CD. Practice playing the chords and solo-
ing using the pentatonic forms with blues notes. (page 75)
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