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# Playing E Major Scale on Different Positions on Guitar Fretboard

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In this lesson we will check out E Major Scale in 5 different positions, one in the original open position (that has open strings), another on a single string which helps you clearly understand the scale intervals, then the other 2 on two different positions on the neck (or fret board) and the last one played diagonally on the fret board covering a wide range of fret positions across the neck.

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### Playing E Major Scale on Different Positions on Guitar Fretboard

1. 1. Playing E Major ScaleOn Different Positions on the Guitar Fret Board Image Courtesy: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
2. 2. In this lesson we will check out E Major Scale in 5 different positions, one in the original openposition (that has open strings), another on a single string which helps you clearly understand thescale intervals, then the other 2 on two different positions on the neck (or fret board) and the lastone played diagonally on the fret board covering a wide range of fret positions across the neck.Building E Major ScaleBy applying the Major Scale formula or scale intervals W W H W W W H we get the E Major Scalenotes as E F# G# A B C# D# EThis scale has four sharp notes in it F#, G#, C# and D#. Sharp (#) just means that you need to raisethe note by a semi tone or a half step or move a fret higher.E Major Scale 1st Position on a Single String – On 4th String (D)You will get a clear understanding of the major scale intervals by playing the scale on a single string.Here I have shown 2 diagrams, the fret board diagram and the Tab that clearly shows you how toplay E Major Scale on the 4th String D.Note: On the TAB, the Numbers indicates the frets and the lines indicate the strings.
3. 3. E Major Scale 2nd Position (Original) with Open First String EThis is the original position (or the first octave) where E Major Scale can be played on guitar, whichwill generally contain some open string notes. In case of E Major Scale there is only one open stringwhich is the Open First String E.
4. 4. E Major Scale 3rd Position Starting on 7th Fret of 5th String (A)In this position you can play E Major scale starting on the 7th fret of the 5th string (A), where you canplay this scale on two different octaves. The first octave starts on the 7th fret of the 5th string (A)which is the Root note E and ends on 3rd String (G), 9th fret, which is again the Root note E . And the2nd octave starts again on 3rd String (G), 9th fret and ends on 12th Fret of 1st String (E), which is an Enote. You will get a better understanding of what I am talking, if you can take a look at the FretBoard diagram below.Note: The notes of a scale between two Root notes are known as an Octave.
5. 5. E Major Scale 4th Position Starting on 12th Fret of 6th String (E)You can play the E Major Scale starting on the 12 fret of the 6th string (E). Just like the 3rd position(starting on 7th fret) that we checked out earlier. This position also utilizes 2 different octaves. You
6. 6. can easily figure that out by looking at the Fret Diagram below, where you can see root notesmarked in RED.E Major Scale 5th Position Starting on 7th Fret and Played DiagonallyIn this position, you can play the scale starting on the 7th Fret of 5th String (A), just like in the 3rdposition and then you will proceed in a diagonal fashion across the fret board all the way up to the17th fret of 2nd string (B) – utilizing a wider range of frets as opposed to the regular scale shape. Thisposition also utilizes 2 octaves, which you will know by checking out the Fret Board Diagram below.
7. 7. Practice these positions in the ascending and descending fashion, slow initially and then graduallytry to gain speed. Remember, it will take some time to gain speed and perfection, so be patient andpractice it in a speed that you are highly comfortable with. Full control of each position is the key toplaying a scale or a lick faster, for that you need to practice them slowly in steady tempo for someweeks, and you will see that you have built up traction automatically!For more FREE guitar tips and instructions, please visit my blog@Onlineguitarschools.com/Guitarblog