How To Link Scales With Chords On A Guitar

After learning a few chords, most beginning guitarists want to know how to link scales with chords on a guitar. Luckily, this is not a difficult concept to master. With a little practice, you'll know how to link scales with chords on a guitar and apply that knowledge in your practice sessions.

  1. Find the root notes for your chord. When you play a chord, you are striking several notes at once, but only some of those notes are root notes. For example, let's say you're playing an open G chord. The root notes in your open G chord are any notes in that chord that are also G notes when plucked individually. In that chord, the low E string is a root note because your finger is on the third fret—a G note. The next root note is your G string, played in the open position, and the next root note is the note played on the high E string, another G. Figuring out how to link scales with chords on a guitar is much easier if you know what your root notes are because it requires less memorization of fingerings.
  2. Use the lowest root note to begin your scale. With the G chord, we were able to locate three root notes within the chord. Use the lowest one to begin your scale. For example, the root note in our G chord that had the lowest pitch was the G played on the low E string. That will be the first note in your G scale, and you will begin playing the scale with that note. Knowing how to link scales with chords on a guitar involves knowing where these root notes are and beginning your scales with them. Remember to apply the same concept to other chords when trying to find which scale links up with them.
  3. Practice your scales frequently. One of the most important things to remember when learning how to link scales with chords on a guitar or, for that matter, any new guitar-playing techniques, is that the benefits of frequent practice are instantaneous. If you practice your scales—pentatonic, major, and minor—with great enough frequency, you will learn how to link scales with chords on a guitar much more quickly than if you don't practice them at all. Consistent practice means you're linking scales with chords more often. Through doing so, linking scales and chords will become second nature. 

Reference:

Guitar Chords – http://www.gmarts.org/index.php?go=310

 

 

 

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