Welcome to GuitarOnlineMalaysia’s Guitar scale page.  We’ve created this page to start at the beginner level and eventually cover both intermediate and advanced levels of guitar scales. We’re going to begin at a very basic level so new guitar players will not get lost in the learning process.  So if you feel the subject material is too basic for you please skip ahead to something that’s more challenging.  If your just starting out playing guitar and want to start learning about guitar scales.  Welcome aboard, we hope the information that we provide fuels your desire to learn the guitar.

Before we jump in and start showing you a bunch of finger patterns on a fretboard.  We would like to first talk about why learning guitar scales are so important and how they can help improve your guitar playing.


  • Learning scales builds both picking and fingering technique by creating efficiency of picking and fingering./li>
  • Learning scales helps develop your musical ear by allowing you to memorize the scale tones.
  • Learning scales helps with you sight reading by getting you familiar with the notes on the fingerboard.
  • Learning scales develops your timing by practising with a metronome./li>
  • Learning scales helps with your soloing by allowing you to hear the notes before they’re played.
  • Learning scales open up endless possibilities, you’ll begin to see new chord voicings all over the guitar neck .

Let’s first go over what you should be learning while practising scales and modes before we start showing you the scale patterns.  We feel that the time you put into practising guitar scales will be much more interesting and rewarding.  If you understand why your practicing the scales.  So take a few minutes to go through our list.  When you begin to practise scales keep in mind why you practicing the scales.  This way you don’t end up like some guitar players who practice scales for hours a day.  But know very little about using the scales they practice.


Learning Scales and building great guitar technique – Always learn to practice scales with good guitar form thats not too fast.  When you practise focus on the sound of the note.  Make sure your fretting fingers are hitting the notes correctly (see guitar technique page).  Keep an eye on your strumming hand, pluck or pick the strings with accuracy. Start out slow and build speed gradually.

Developing your musical ear while studying scales –  As you practice playing scales listen to the notes you play.  Begin to sing or hum along with the notes.  In time, you’ll find that you can sing a note and know exactly where to play it on the guitar!  It takes time but you’ll get there before you know it.

Improving your sight reading by practicing scales – When you practice guitar scales, say the notes out loud.  Write out the scales on staff paper and do some sight reading.  Your brain will begin to associate the written notes to your fingering patterns.

Improve your timing by practising with a metronome – Try to play with a metronome, it’ll help you track your progress as well as develop your sense of timing.  Don’t try to play too fast, focus on playing in time.  Build speed gradually!

Hear the notes before you play them by practicing scales – After you have been practicing scales for a while.  Think of a simple riff or melody, then try to play it.  You’ll be surprised how you can begin to ply what you hear.

Increase your fretboard knowledge by practicing scales – As you become comfortable with different guitar scales and you apply the learning techniques above.  You’ll begin to begin to expand your knowledge of the fretboard.  Spell out the notes of a chord on paper or in your head. Then try to play the notes in a new position on the fretboard.
Guitar scales are a series of notes that acts like a road map or outline when composing music.  They are important in composition as well as soloing as they outline the direction a musician can take with their music.

Guitar scales can open up new possibilities


We hope to provide useful interesting information that will allow our readers to learn guitar scales that matter.  Our goal is to get our readers to maximize their benefit of learning scales.  So we hope you’ll read with interest our lessons on guitar scales, their musical structure, the different patterns used and  most importantly.  How to incorporate guitar scales into your playing style.

Let’s take a look at the C major scale and see what the scale means to a guitar player.  First the knowledge of a Major C scale and it’s fingerings will allow guitar players to visualize the entire fretboard in an efficient manner.  You’ll see new chord voicing and new ways to play riffs, or melodies all over the fretboard.  By practising the C Major scale you’ll also begin to develop your ear to actually hear the notes before the’re played.  This concept of hearing notes before they’re played is the corner stone for developing your soling chops as a guitarist!  Learning guitar scales also helps with your sight reading as your fingers have a good idea of the notes that they should play.  All you have to do is read the notes and pass the information to your fingers.

OK lets take a look at the C Major scale.  We can use this scale to play over a song thats in the key of C major.  While there are a few notes that may sound a little strange like the fourth note of the scale ( F ).  As a whole we’re good to start soloing.