In this lesson, let’s look at the C Major scale in open position on the guitar.
This is one of the most immediately accessible–and useful–scales you can learn on the guitar. Working this scale provides a number of powerful benefits for your playing. I’m going to cover all of the powerful benefits you’ll receive as a result of putting in some consistent attentive practice on the C Major Scale, and I’m also going to discuss the crucial pointers you need to keep in mind if you want to receive maximum benefit from every minute you spend practicing this scale.
In this video, I cover everything you need to know to practice the C Major Scale in open position to take huge leaps forward in your playing:
I regularly encourage students to get at least this open position C Major Scale under their belts even if they have very little interest in soloing or doing intensive technique work.
There are just so many benefits to acquire from working scales like this open C Major scale. But here’s a quick word of warning–if you’re anything like most students, you’ll probably resist actually saying the names of the notes out loud as you work on this scale. But if you don’t etch the names and locations of the notes along the fretboard in your mind, you’re missing out on the best part of working this scale.
As you become more familiar with where the actual notes fall on the fretboard, a ton of different musical possibilities will open up to you. So put in the (very small amount of) extra work here, now, to learn the location of the notes of the C Major Scale on the fretboard.
And, as always, be sure to take your time at first and really work fantastic technique. Develop those good guitar habits from the outset!