Here are five frequently used movable scales

- By Brett Alan

The examples are shown using G as the starting point, but these scales can be transposed to any Key.

*The root note for all these scales is on the 6th string on the 3rd Fret. This note is a G. All of these scales are moveable shapes. So if you move all the scales up the 5th Fret (A note) and make it the root note, all of these scales would be transposed into A scales. Start on the 8th Fret, then C scales, etc….

1. MAJOR SCALE – Example G Major (G) e---------------------------------------------------------2---(3)-------------------- B-------------------------------------------------3---5------------------------------ G-------------------------------------2---4---5-------------------------------------- D------------------------2---4---(5)------------------------------------------------- A-------------2---3---5-------------------------------------------------------------- E----(3)--5-------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 4 1 2 4 1 3 4 1 3 4 2 4 1 2 - Finger Pattern 2. MINOR SCALE – Example G Minor e-------------------------------------------------------------3---------------------- B-------------------------------------------------3---4---6-------------------------- G-------------------------------------2---3---5-------------------------------------- D----------------------------3---5--------------------------------------------------- A----------------3---5---6----------------------------------------------------------- E----3---5---6----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 3 4 1 3 4 1 3 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 - Finger Pattern 3. MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE – Example G minor Pentatonic (Root - 1st Position) e-----------------------------------------------------3---6------------------------- B-------------------------------------------3----6---------------------------------- G---------------------------------3----5-------------------------------------------- D-----------------------3----5------------------------------------------------------ A--------------3---5---------------------------------------------------------------- E----3----6------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 4 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 1 4 - Finger Pattern 4. BLUES SCALE – Ex. G Blues Scale (Minor Pentatonic with Flat Fifth Added) e----------------------------------------------------------3---6-------------------- B-------------------------------------------------3---6----------------------------- G------------------------------------3---5---6-------------------------------------- D---------------------------3---5--------------------------------------------------- A--------------3---4---5------------------------------------------------------------ E----3----6------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 4 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 4 1 4 1 4 - Finger Pattern 5. MAJOR PENTATONIC SCALE – Ex. G Major Pentatonic e------------------------------------------------------3---5------------------------ B--------------------------------------------3----5--------------------------------- G----------------------------------2----4------------------------------------------- D------------------------2----5----------------------------------------------------- A--------------2----5--------------------------------------------------------------- E----3----5------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 4 1 4 1 4 1 3 2 4 2 4 - Finger Pattern

The Major Pentatonic scale (Scale 5) is also the same as a 2nd Position Minor Pentatonic Scale. This example is also an E Minor Pentatonic 2nd Position scale.