⬇HOW TO READ CHORD & SCALE CHARTS ⬇
Having the ability to read guitar chord and scale charts is essential as a guitarist. In video lesson down the page we look at this is great detail.
Chord Fingering (Fretting Hand)
1 = Index Finger
2 = Middle Finger
3 = Ring Finger
4 = Pinky or little Finger T = Thumb
You may also be interested in our BASIC MUSIC THEORY lesson on the website.
SCALE CHARTS EXPLANATION DIAGRAM
Scales are a series of musical notes arranged in ascending or descending order, and they form the foundation of many styles of music, including Western classical, blues, rock, and jazz.
When reading a scale chart for guitar, it's important to understand the relationship between the notes in the scale and the frets on the guitar neck. Each fret represents a half step, or one semitone, increase in pitch.
To use the chart, you first need to identify the key or tonic (in red on the diagram above).
To read a scale chart for guitar:
- Identify the key or tonic note of the scale, which is the root note (red note in above diagram - key of G for this example).
- Locate the pattern of whole and half steps that defines the scale, such as a major or minor scale (above scale example is G minor pentatonic).
- Plot the notes of the scale on the guitar fretboard, starting from the root note.
- Use the chart to practice playing the scale in different positions and fingerings.
Note: To play the scale in a different key, simply start the pattern of whole and half steps from a different root note.