Watch the Chapter 2: The Major Scale online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

The major scale is the first of the diatonic scales and the foundation of western music. I believe that the best way to learn the fret board is to start by learning the various ways to play the major scale.

1. You build the major scale by starting on a key note and applying the following formula: whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step.

2. Write all 12 notes on a piece of paper and apply the formula above to each of the notes to build the major scale in all 12 keys.

3. In this chapter we will approach the major scale both vertically and horizontally and then we will combine the approaches.

4. Play in all keys around the cycle of fourths.