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Major Scale (Ionian) Patterns for Guitar

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

A scale reference for Major Scale box shapes.

These are the five shapes/patterns for major scale on guitar based off the CAGED System.

1 (E Shape)

2 (D Shape)

3 (C Shape)

4 (A Shape)

5 (G Shape)


  1. Pick a key.

  2. Locate the note on a string.

  3. Overlay the pattern with the 'R' falling on the note of a chosen key.

  4. Play pattern up and down then pick another key.

  5. Practice ONE shape a day and spend 2mins learning the pattern and moving it around to different keys.

If this all seems confusing then check out my free lessons on Fretboard Knowledge: 1, 2, 3, 4.

I hope you have found this useful, let me know in the comments :)


Recommended Reading:

The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1

Music Theory For Dummies

Chords And Scales For Guitarists

Ultimate Scale Book Pocket Guide Guitar Tab Book

Guitar Fretboard Fluency: The Creative Guide to Mastering The Guitar

Chord Chemistry by Ted Greene

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