Music Theory for the Banjo – The G Scale
The G major scale is: G A B C D E F# G. You can figure out the G major scale by first writing out the the G chromatic scale and then using the pattern; whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step and half step. To help remember the pattern for major scales let’s shorten it to: W W H W W W H. The following diagram starts with the chromatic scale and picks the major scale out using the -W- W- -H- -W- -W- -W- -H- pattern.
Here is the G scale tabbed out on the third string, remember a half step is up or down one fret and a whole step is two frets.
Listen to the G scale on the third string here: [audio:G Major Scale.mp3]
From the previous post Melodic Style Banjo – Introduction, here is the G major scale played in the melodic style with an audio clip you can listen to.
Press play to hear the G scale played in the melodic style.[audio:G Melodic Scale1.mp3]
This scale can be played many ways, so search around the fret board and find different ways to play the G major scale.