Key signatures

Key signatures Working with key signatures is not nearly as difficult as most people will lead you to believe.  Here is our simple guide and working method. Make sure you know how to build a major scale before continuing! Now that you’ve built some scales...

6 note shapes

6 note shapes – major scale There are only 3 ways that notes occur on a string as already identified here.  When you examine all the possibilities on the guitar fretboard you find there are fixed patterns that these shapes move from one to the other. When you...

Harmonic Minor

The Harmonic Minor We’ve identified that what we mean when we say ‘minor’ usually means a scale starting from the sixth note of a major scale. Let’s look at the tones and semitones between the notes of a major scale:      T    T     S     T   ...

Minor Keys

What is a key? Put simply a key is a collection of notes to be used to make some music. What is usually meant by the key of a piece of music is which major or minor scale is being used. For example, if I write a piece of music using the notes C, D, E, F, G, A and B...

Building scales

Building Scales To really understand how music works on the guitar you’re going to need to understand scales and how to build them.   What is a scale? A scale is any series of notes that rises or falls in pitch. The character of a scale is determined by the gaps...