6 Cool Major Scale Sequences to Get Better

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If you’re new to scale sequences I suggest you check out “6 Basic Major Scale Sequences / Melodic Patterns” first. That’s where I explain why and how you should practice scale sequences.

This is Part II of the previous post and if you got the basic scale sequences under your belt you’re pretty much up for this challenge.

I recommend you play these sequenses along with a metronome: “www.metronomeonline.com” It’s the best way to make progress in accuracy and speed. Start out really slow and gradually build up your speed. Only go faster when you can play each note clear and correctly.

The sequences are for the intermediate and advanced. They are tricky but incredibly fun to play.

Enjoy and improve!

SEQUENCE #1 ascending
e:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------3-|
G:-----------------|-----------------|-------2-------4-|-----2-5---2-4---|
D:---------------2-|-------4-----2-5-|---2-4---2-4-5---|-4-5-----5-------|
A:-----2-5---2-3---|-2-3-5---3-5-----|-5---------------|-----------------|
E:-3-5-----5-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:---------------2-|-------3-----2-5-3-----------------------------------|
B:-------5-----3---|---3-5---3-5-----------------------------------------|
G:-2-4-5---4-5-----|-5---------------------------------------------------|
D:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
E:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
 
descending
e:-3-2-----2-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----5-----5-3---|-5-3-----3-------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:-------5-------4-|-----5-2---5-4---|-5-4-2---4-2-----|-2---------------|
D:-----------------|---------------5-|-------4-----5-2-|---5-4---5-4-2---|
A:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------5-------3-|
E:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
G:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
D:-4-2-----2-------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-----5-2---5-3---|-5-3-2---3-2-----------------------------------------|
E:---------------5-|-------3-----5-2-3-----------------------------------|
 
SEQUENCE #2 ascending
e:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------3-------5-|
G:-----------------|---------------2-|-------4-------5-|-----2-----2-4---|
D:-------2-------4-|-------5-----2---|---2-4---2-4-5---|-4-5-----5-------|
A:-----2-----2-3---|-2-3-5---3-5-----|-5---------------|-----------------|
E:-3-5-----5-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:-------2-------3-|-------5-3-------------------------------------------|
B:-------------3---|---3-5-----------------------------------------------|
G:-2-4-5---4-5-----|-5---------------------------------------------------|
D:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
E:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
 
descending
e:-3-2-----2-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----5-----5-3---|-5-3-----3-------|-----------------|-----------------|
G:-------4-------2-|-----5-----5-4---|-5-4-2---4-2-----|-2---------------|
D:-----------------|-------5-------4-|-------2-----5---|---5-4---5-4-2---|
A:-----------------|-----------------|---------------5-|-------3-------2-|
E:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
G:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
D:-4-2-----2-------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-----5-----5-3---|-5-3-2---3-2-----------------------------------------|
E:-------5-------3-|-------2-----5-0-3-----------------------------------|
 
SEQUENCE #3 ascending
e:-----------------|------------------|---------------------------------|
B:-----------------|------------------|---------3-----------------------|
G:-----------------|-2--------4-2-----|-5-4-2-----5-4-------------------|
D:-4-2-----5-4-2---|---5-4--------5---|---------------2-----------------|
A:-----5-----------|-------2--------3-|-------5-------------------------|
E:-------3-------5-|------------------|---------------------------------|
 
e:----------2-------|-3-2------5-3-2---3--------------------------------|
B:-5-3--------5-3---|-----5---------------------------------------------|
G:-----5------------|-------2--------4----------------------------------|
D:-------4--------5-|---------------------------------------------------|
A:------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
E:------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
 
descending
e:-------3--------2--|-------------------|------------------------------|
B:-------------------|-------5--------3--|------------------------------|
G:-2-4-5------2-4----|-----2-------------|-------5--------4-------------|
D:----------5--------|-4-5------2-4-5----|---2-4--------2---------------|
A:-------------------|-------------------|-5--------3-5-----------------|
E:-------------------|-------------------|------------------------------|
 
e:-------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
G:-------2-----------|--------------------------------------------------|
D:----------------5--|-------4-------2----------------------------------|
A:-2-3-5------2-3----|-----2--------------------------------------------|
E:----------5--------|-3-5-----2-3-5---3--------------------------------|
 
SEQUENCE #4 ascending
e:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------3-------5-|
G:-----------------|---------------2-|-------4-------5-|-2-------4-2-----|
D:-------2-------4-|-------5-2-------|-4-2-----5-4-2---|---5-4-------5---|
A:-2-------3-2-----|-5-3-2-----5-3---|-----5-----------|-----------------|
E:---5-3-------5---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:-------2-------3-|-------5-2-----7-3-----------------------------------|
B:---------3-------|-5-3-------5-3---------------------------------------|
G:-5-4-2-----5-4---|-----5-----------------------------------------------|
D:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
E:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
 
descending
e:---2-3-------2---|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B:-5-------3-5-----|---3-5-------3---|-----------------|-----------------|
G:-------4-------2-|-5-------4-5-----|-2-4-5-----2-4---|-----2-----------|
D:-----------------|-------5-------4-|-------2-5-------|-4-5-----2-4-5---|
A:-----------------|-----------------|---------------5-|-------3-------2-|
E:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 
e:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
B:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
G:-----------------|-----------------------------------------------------|
D:---2-4-------2---|-----------------------------------------------------|
A:-5-------3-5-----|-2-3-5-----2-3---------------------------------------|
E:-------5-------3-|-------2-5-----0-3-----------------------------------|
 
SEQUENCE #5 ascending (triplets)
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-------------------------|
G:-------------------------|-----------------------2-|
D:-----------2---------2-4-|-------2-4-5-----2-4-5---|
A:-----2-3-5-----2-3-5-----|-2-3-5-------3-5---------|
E:-3-5---------5-----------|-------------------------|
 
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-----------3---------3-5-|
G:---------2-4-------2-4-5-|-----2-4-5-----2-4-5-----|
D:---2-4-5-----2-4-5-------|-4-5---------5-----------|
A:-5-----------------------|-------------------------|
E:-------------------------|-------------------------|
 
e:-----------2---------2-3---------------------------|
B:-------3-5-------3-5-------------------------------|
G:-2-4-5-------4-5-----------------------------------|
D:---------------------------------------------------|
A:---------------------------------------------------|
E:---------------------------------------------------|
 
descending
e:-3-2---------2-----------|-------------------------|
B:-----5-3-------5-3-------|-5-3---------3-----------|
G:---------5-4-------5-4-2-|-----5-4-2-----5-4-2-----|
D:-------------------------|-----------5---------5-4-|
A:-------------------------|-------------------------|
E:-------------------------|-------------------------|
 
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-------------------------|
G:-5-4-2-------4-2---------|-2-----------------------|
D:-------5-4-2-----5-4-2---|---5-4-2-----5-4-2-------|
A:-----------------------5-|---------5-3-------5-3-2-|
E:-------------------------|-------------------------|
 
e:---------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------------------------------|
G:---------------------------------------------------|
D:-4-2---------2-------------------------------------|
A:-----5-3-2-----5-3-2-------------------------------|
E:-----------5---------5-3---------------------------|
 
SEQUENCE #6 ascending (triplets)
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-------------------------|
G:-------------------------|-------------------------|
D:-------------2---------2-|-4---------4-5-2-----2-5-|
A:-5-2-----2-5---3-2---3---|---5-3-2-5-------5-3-----|
E:-----5-3-----------5-----|-------------------------|
 
e:-------------------------|-------------------------|
B:-------------------------|-------------3---------3-|
G:-2---------2-4---------4-|-5-2-----2-5---4-2---4---|
D:---4-2---4-----5-4-2-5---|-----5-4-----------5-----|
A:-------5-----------------|-------------------------|
E:-------------------------|-------------------------|
 
e:-------------2---------2--|-3---------3-5-2-----2-5-3-|
B:-5---------5---3-----3----|---5-3---5-------5-3-------|
G:---5-4-2-5-------5-4------|-------5-------------------|
D:--------------------------|---------------------------|
A:--------------------------|---------------------------|
E:--------------------------|---------------------------|
 
descending
e:-----2-3-----------2-----|----------------------------|
B:---5-----5-----3-5---3---|-----3-5-----------3--------|
G:-5---------5-4---------4-|-2-5-----5-2---4-5---4------|
D:-------------------------|-------------5---------5----|
A:-------------------------|----------------------------|
E:-------------------------|----------------------------|
 
e:-------------------------|----------------------------|
B:-------------------------|----------------------------|
G:---2-4-5-2-------2-4-----|-------2---------4-5--------|
D:-4---------4-2-5-----5-2-|---4-5---4-----2-----2------|
A:-------------------------|-5---------5-3---------3----|
E:-------------------------|----------------------------|
 
e:-------------------------|----------------------------|
B:-------------------------|----------------------------|
G:-------------------------|----------------------------|
D:-----2-4-----------2-----|----------------------------|
A:-2-5-----5-2---3-5---3---|---2-3-5-2-------2-3--------|
E:-------------5---------5-|-3---------3-2-5-----5-2-3--|
 

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    9 Responses to “6 Cool Major Scale Sequences to Get Better

    • Chris:

      Hello Klaus,

      Your lessons are a great contribution to my guitar learning.

      Truly appreciate it.

      Thank you

      Christopher

    • HI Chris,

      It’s my pleasure.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Best regards,
      Klaus Crow

    • Jim Chinnery:

      I have finall removed my gloves and tried this. It certainly made me think and after about ten minutes i found myself using open strings again instead of the 5 on the 6542 and 4 on the 3. I suppose its hard to break old habits. But its good if you need to change key (Unless you are in Cb – on the third floor!)

    • Vin:

      Old habits die hard!

    • serafim:

      Thanks for sharing this vast and immense field of guitar.

    • nativeman:

      hi klaus just get in to your lessons i like the way you break thins down just like that, i love it allthough i have filled my brain with a lots of confution from many people ,but will see how this can help me to clear it . ilove to know scales well so that i can solo well but i am still too far from my tought but i will not give up thanks.

    • Hi Native,

      It’s good that you learn to play scales properly and up to speed, but at the same time you need to learn to make melody with the scales.
      Make use of bend ups, hammer ons, pull offs, slides, etc. Learn licks that are based around the scale.
      And very important is learn good phrasing. (playing with dynamics, pauses, the expressive shaping of the notes)

      Good luck to you!

      Best regards,
      Klaus Crow

    • Conor:

      Thanks so much for posting these lessons, I’m really getting alot out of it, much appeciation!

    • Hi Conor,

      Check out the related posts below the article for more sequences.

      Best regards,
      Klaus Crow

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