Even though it is not one of the most commonly used scales for guitarists, The Major Scale is the fundamental building block of western harmony for the past 800 years, which we will look at in this major scale introduction.
Most of the chords you hear in music can be formed from this scale. It is essential to understand how this scale works because it is the yardstick by which we describe any other sound.
Of course, the Major Scale is used in rock, but generally it’s extremely happy vibe is a bit too bright for us. There are some great exceptions however.
Check out Friends, by Joe Satriani for a truly triumphant major feeling.
Other tunes you might want to check out, depending on your musical taste are:
Often, you may find that a melody is created from the major scale, before a guitar solo is played in a minor key for a more rocky sound, for example:
It is extremely important that we understand how the major scale functions and how we create melody and harmony from it before launching into the rest of this book so make sure you are comfortable with the ideas in the following sections before moving on.