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I’m in the process of trying to teach myself basic music theory. My question is with the major open scales. It looks to me that there are generally 5 major open scales.

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

Thanks, Clayton Collins

#1

10/10/2020

5:18:46 PM

I’m in the process of trying to teach myself basic music theory. My question is with the major open scales. It looks to me that there are generally 5 major open scales.

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

Thanks, Clayton Collins

Hey & welcome to GT!

I’m in the process of trying to teach myself basic music theory. My question is with the major open scales. It looks to me that there are generally 5 major open scales.

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

Often beginners learn to play major scales based on the open strings. But most scales can & do use open strings. I encourage you to work through one of the Fundamentals courses in order to get the appropriate amount of theory along with practical physical playing skills at the same time.

I cover intervals, scales & basic theory starting here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=fundamentals2(discontinued)

To answer your question more directly, there are 12 possible musical alphabet notes: 7 letters A through G & the 5 accidentals (sharps & flats) between them. I cover that in this series of lessons.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=11078&s_id=1138

You can build a scale on every one of them. So, there are 12 possible major scales. But this is way beyond what a beginner needs to know or practice! The best place to start is to learn one major scale & really work it out. Get used to playing it, hearing it, using it. That's where the courses are valuable.

Hope this helps. Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#2

10/10/2020

7:52:17 PM

Hey & welcome to GT!

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

Often beginners learn to play major scales based on the open strings. But most scales can & do use open strings. I encourage you to work through one of the Fundamentals courses in order to get the appropriate amount of theory along with practical physical playing skills at the same time.

I cover intervals, scales & basic theory starting here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=fundamentals2(discontinued)

To answer your question more directly, there are 12 possible musical alphabet notes: 7 letters A through G & the 5 accidentals (sharps & flats) between them. I cover that in this series of lessons.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=11078&s_id=1138

You can build a scale on every one of them. So, there are 12 possible major scales. But this is way beyond what a beginner needs to know or practice! The best place to start is to learn one major scale & really work it out. Get used to playing it, hearing it, using it. That's where the courses are valuable.

Hope this helps. Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

Hey & welcome to GT!

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

Often beginners learn to play major scales based on the open strings. But most scales can & do use open strings. I encourage you to work through one of the Fundamentals courses in order to get the appropriate amount of theory along with practical physical playing skills at the same time.

I cover intervals, scales & basic theory starting here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=fundamentals2(discontinued)

To answer your question more directly, there are 12 possible musical alphabet notes: 7 letters A through G & the 5 accidentals (sharps & flats) between them. I cover that in this series of lessons.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=11078&s_id=1138

You can build a scale on every one of them. So, there are 12 possible major scales. But this is way beyond what a beginner needs to know or practice! The best place to start is to learn one major scale & really work it out. Get used to playing it, hearing it, using it. That's where the courses are valuable.

Hope this helps. Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Thanks very much for that information.

#3

10/28/2020

1:26:17 AM

Hey & welcome to GT!

A/C/D/E and G. Is this correct? What about B and F and if not, why?

I cover intervals, scales & basic theory starting here.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=fundamentals2(discontinued)

To answer your question more directly, there are 12 possible musical alphabet notes: 7 letters A through G & the 5 accidentals (sharps & flats) between them. I cover that in this series of lessons.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=11078&s_id=1138

You can build a scale on every one of them. So, there are 12 possible major scales. But this is way beyond what a beginner needs to know or practice! The best place to start is to learn one major scale & really work it out. Get used to playing it, hearing it, using it. That's where the courses are valuable.

Hope this helps. Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Thanks very much for that information.