Guitar Scales Quick Start Guide

As promised, you’ll find the download link to your Quick Start Guide to Guitar Scales below.

Right click on the link, and select Save As, or your browser’s equivalent.

Click Here To Download

If you’re looking for the cheat sheet showing all the scale patterns you need for the key of G, you’ll find it on page 12 of the Guide. I’d recommend printing that page (or the whole guide) for easy reference.

I hope the Guide is useful to you, and serves as the first stepping stone to opening your eyes to how the fretboard works. There’s much more to be discovered, and when you’re ready to take that next step, I invite you to checkout my Guitar Scale Patterns course.

If you have questions about anything in the Guide, please use the comments section below and I’ll do my best to answer.

11 Responses to “Guitar Scales Quick Start Guide”

  1. Neal Carpenter March 29, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    What about the 4,6,11 frets. Because there are no notes in the key of G on these frets, they are skiped.

    • Jonathan Boettcher March 29, 2017 at 5:27 am #

      Hi Neal, it’s not necessary for a key to have a note on every fret. There will be frets in every key that are “unused” so to speak, but that’s just a byproduct of how the fretboard works. For the same reason, there is at least one fret in every key that is used on all six strings. It seems like an anomaly, but it really means little beyond pointing to the design of the fretboard. That said, there are two notes (F# and B) on the 4th fret in the key of G major, you’ll see them in the center diagram of the cheatsheet.

  2. les cowan April 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

    thank you so much it will be very helpful

  3. Goalo patrick April 16, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Hi Jonathan, many thanks for your professionnal approach of the guitar.
    Absolutely perfect and complete.

  4. Ed O'Neill April 26, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    ON your first page, you say document cannot be copied. And on second page it says I do have your permission to print a copy. I would like to print a personal copy. I tried but my system wouldn’t print. How is it done? Thanks

    • Jonathan Boettcher May 3, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

      Hi Ed, as long as it is for your personal use, you have permission to do with it as you please. I’m not sure why it would not print for you, any program that can read PDF files should be able to print them as well. The document is not locked in any way.

  5. Daniel June 5, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Just want to better my playing abilities, this looks like a good way to do it.

  6. Daniel June 5, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    Want to better my playing abilities and this looks like a good way to do it.

  7. Gilbert Huard July 27, 2017 at 4:06 am #

    Unlike De do do do, your logic doesn’t tie me up! It’s right up into the way I see it! And I should have seen it….

  8. Larry September 16, 2017 at 6:31 am #

    Oh my god since I have been playing guitar I haven’t met this so helpful to me, I love this so much and thank you so much too.

    Larry K Thach

  9. luke March 9, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    Could you demonstrate how Wes Montgomery played his octaves? What technique did he use? Please demonstrate on video. Thx for all your help.

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