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.

G Major Scale Steps

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.

G Major Scale for Banjo

Listen to the G scale on the third string here:

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.

G Major Scale for Banjo- Melodic Style

Press play to hear the G scale played in the melodic style.

This scale can be played many ways, so search around the fret board and find different ways to play the G major scale.


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5 Responses to “Music Theory for the Banjo – The G Scale”

  1. lynne on April 14th, 2008 6:03 pm

    thanks this helped me a whole bunch but also put the g minor scale.

  2. banjoblogger on May 21st, 2008 12:32 am

    I will cover the G minor scale in an upcoming post.


  3. Kimbo jack on June 9th, 2010 10:35 am

    Thanks so much! This was really helpfull. do you have all the scales?

  4. baz on June 11th, 2011 7:52 am

    …thanx again, im trying so hard to play the banjo….this is helpful ;]

  5. baz on June 11th, 2011 7:53 am

    thanx so much…banjo is not easy thing to teach yourself so this is really helpful!

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