Watch the Major Scale (Ionian) online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

The major scale is one of the quintessential scales to become familiar with. In this lesson, I'm going to show you a two octave fingering of the C major scale in 7th position. This fingering can obviously be transferred up and down the neck to transpose it into other keys. You'll also learn the major 7th chord arpeggio as well. Being able to match a scale with its parent harmonic sound through the arpeggio will help you get deeper into the unique characteristics of that specific sound. It will also help you to bring more definition to your playing.