The Major Scale – Lesson 7

About The Major Scale – Lesson 7

Level: Beginner

The Major Scale – Lesson 7

Our first look at how to build a Major scale.

Syn’s Tips

The major scale is the foundation in which 99% of music is built off of and related to.

It is crucial to developing both your soloing and chordal knowledge.

I consider these primary colors in which millions of other colors are built off of.

Share with us your thoughts on the Major Scale in the "Lesson Comments" section below. I'll be there hanging out as well!

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Brian Szabo
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Brian Szabo I can't do this my fingers don't move as smoothly as papas do but I want to play
Christian Curwood
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Christian Curwood I've been playing guitar for years, and I've never heard the major scale put so simply, this just helped me so much thank you!
Kylie Sepulveda
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Kylie Sepulveda I came here with 0 knowledge of how to play, and I can say I already feel more confident practicing guitar thanks to these videos. Syn and Papa Gates, you guys are doing an amazing job with these lessons. 1. I really like the small but important details that are being explained like not letting your guitar weigh down your arm. 2. I love how laid back and accepting Papa Gates is of how other guitarists in other music styles hold their picks, their fingers, and their whole guitar. I think it's a little uppity when teachers dismiss certain things and say "don't do it the way rock stars do"
Kylie Sepulveda
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Kylie Sepulveda When you do explain the "right" way of doing things, you explain why it's important and for which styles so that way it doesn't feel like "oh everyone famous is wrong for not being classically trained" Syn's tips have been a cool read too.
Carol Seeds
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Carol Seeds I think I'm going to have to watch this 500,000 times before I get it. But I'm up for the challenge I do believe!
Mickey E J
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Mickey E J yes! it was tough in the begining but i got it too!
Ahad Akbarabadi
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Craig Borchardt
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Craig Borchardt Hey syn and papa Gates. First heard about your school and it made me want to pickup my guitar and learn from scratch... currently going through this lesson over and over to get it more fluent. Any advice on using the pinky finger. I'm finding I keep pressing it across multiple strings rather then on just 1 string. Will it just come with persistence? Cheers!
Craig Borchardt
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Craig Borchardt Papa gates and syn.. I'm trying to learn but struggling with using my pinky finger any advice or will it just come with persistence?
Raymond Sanchez
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Raymond Sanchez can I give a few suggestions to improve things a bit? i think it would be useful to be able to rewind and fast forward a few seconds with the arrow keys on my keyboard, and pause and play with the space bar. I had to rewind this video and pause it a few times and feel that it would be easier to rewind with the arrows. I'm really enjoying the lessons, I use to play guitar in high school, but haven't played much since, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to relearn what I forgot, and to learn new things as well and actually be good at guitar instead of just decent at it
Raymond Sanchez
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Raymond Sanchez ok yeah, the arrows aren't rewinding anymore,
Raymond Sanchez
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Raymond Sanchez wait, I guess you can rewind with the arrows. hmm, wasn't working until I clicked on the next video
Amr Annadzari
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Amr Annadzari I'm sorry but why the video won't load?
Cecile N
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Cecile N As a self-taught I have a question to more professional guitar players. When playing scales using all of your left hand figers, do you stick the thumb over the fret or leave it behind the fred in oder to have a more straight finger position?
Nick Smith
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Nick Smith I stopped playing years ago and these are really helping me get back into the guitar. Cheers!
Ambar Alvarenga
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Ambar Alvarenga Thank you for making this online school guys . I always wanted to play the guitar and i always found it hard to play but i always loved it . So i started with the Youtube lessons and it really didn’t help me at all . Now you made guys made an online school for us and its so helpful and i love it been practicing everyday . And thank you for being an inspiration for me even when i picked up a violin . You guys are awesome .
Noah Rhodes
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Noah Rhodes Hello SGS community! Check out my video response to Lesson 7&8:) https://youtu.be/_aq3A0COYFE
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Nice! Thank you, Noah!
Kimberly Kelly
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Kimberly Kelly Getting a little smoother... The alternate picking is kicking my ass but slowly getting easier 😂
Brian Haner Sr.
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Andros Zisimides
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Andros Zisimides Just saw blow up doll and I've gotta say It's an honour to be learning theory from such a comic genius xD srsly tho, Thank You !
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Hahaha! Thank you. I don't know how much genius there was to Blow Up Doll, but I'm glad you are learning some theory. You will NEVER regret it!
Darryl Brandon
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Darryl Brandon is it just only me or another else having trouble while playing every single video? did the server having trouble in southeast asia or just in indonesia?
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen They work on the laptop but I can't play them on mobile anymore
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen So, uhm, this has me like 😣 and 🤤.
Farrukh Jafri
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Farrukh Jafri Love your videos, recently got an electric and it's amazing to learn how to play, there's one thing that is confusing me, these videos, are they made in a way that we should learn each lesson then move on to the next? I just watched the first ten videos only to realise I had forgotten most, so now I'm slowly going through each video, memorising what you teach before going on to the next, the question is, I'm very new so I don't really know what chords and scales are, and how are these major chords and scales different than normal chords and scales? And is it important to learn these (or can I just move on to the other videos?), and how do they help in professional level guitarwork, thank you 🙂
Andrew Marman
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Andrew Marman Beautifully explained 🙂
Jose enrique Leon perez
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Jose enrique Leon perez My english is not good, but i'm learning new things, this school is simply amazing <3
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Thank you! : )
Wayne Owen
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Wayne Owen I've been playing for way too long without ever taking the time to properly learn the notes. I am guilty of using tabs as a crutch as you mentioned in the video on tabs and as a result I haven't properly developed my ear to learn songs by ear. I am taking notes during these lessons and finding it helps tremendously to learn the notes as I go in relation to the fret numbers. This major scale of 3-5 / 2-3-5 / 2-4-5 I am using to memorize the location of the notes C D E F G A B C. Loving the lessons, Thanks!
Ahmed Gharib
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Ahmed Gharib Great lesson, ive been playing for a while but never really sat to learn the fundamentals. Great lesson for all players thank you so much papa gates!
Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway Ihave mainlyplayed from what sounds right for most of myplaying but it is good to go over theory and learn what it allmeans and these are really helpful.
Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway I have mainly played from what sounds right for most of my playing but it is good to go over theory and learn what it all means and these are really helpful. (Ignore the previous comment)
Alec Lewis
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Alec Lewis I have a question for syn and/or the community. How long should I expect to be not so great at playing until I get to the point to where I can play any riff I would like and get some good soloing in as well?
Alec Lewis
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Alec Lewis P.s. I consider myself a bit passed the beginning stage, but since I'm self taught I may have skipped a few of the basics.
Hayley Frederick
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Hayley Frederick Ive been trying to learn how to play for a few years now and I've never caught on but this has actually taught me so much already thank you again, i feel like i will accomplish a goal for once!
David Vidal
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David Vidal Thanks a lot guys , I always wanted to learn and now I have that opportunity to learn from syn and papa gates!
James Vallis
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James Vallis These lessons are awesome, improving my playing, knowledge and getting me out of a rut I was in playing wise. Thanks so much.
Ashley Armstrong
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Ashley Armstrong Heh. Been under the influence of guitars for a few years now and these are great refresher lessons. Everyday's a school day, massive thanks for doing this gents!
Ekrem Taha Ünlü
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Ekrem Taha Ünlü Thank you for this website! Just awesome, priceless.
Estefania Solar
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Estefania Solar Thanks Syn and Papa Gates. <3
Héctor Borges
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Héctor Borges thats the first scale i learn 😀 it was like my 3rd class in a study close to my house, that was like 4 months ago! most of my riff and songs are build up in that scale, so its really usefull and the base of all just like syn says, so learn it my friends back and forwards,
Sean King
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Sean King just wanted to take a second to say thanks! this really awesome of you guys.
Aditya Waghmare
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Aditya Waghmare This is so useful and important when someone starts playing a guitar, when I started taking some lessons from my first tutor, they never really explained the theory behind all of this, I had a troubled time understanding what major scales and minor scales are and how are the formed and how are the chords formed and the progression. These videos are so awesome, easy to follow for learning and revision, thankfully lot of them aren't going to go through fixing their inaccurate information regarding the theory few years from now. Pretty confident I m going to get more better from now on. Greetings from India! \m/
Rósa Lind
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Rósa Lind I somehow always end up hitting the wrong strings, is there anyway to make it easier to know where the strings are or to help hit the right ones?
Rósa Lind
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Rósa Lind Thank you so much!
Rósa Lind
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Rósa Lind Thank you! I’ll try that
Héctor Borges
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Héctor Borges a tip is to for develop youre muscle memory is to put your fingers just a few centimeters of the note in the string for a cople of seconds, it works for every chord and scale and remember always go slow and do not let one hand go faster than the other one, that last tip is really usefull when you play with a metronome, sorry for my english 😀
Magnar Šeba
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Magnar Šeba I would reccomend you to slow down as much as you need and watch your picking hand. With practice, you will develop muscle memory and you won't have to look at it anymore.
Ricardo Rivera
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Ricardo Rivera Man i don´t have words to thank you for the quality of work you´re giving to us. And papa gates: I listened to your songs on youtube and you are great! lml
Max Mezich
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Max Mezich Just wanted to say, you guys are so awesome for doing this! It is so helpful for me to have all these lessons in an order that is easy to follow. Cheers from a die hard A7X fan from Alaska!
Mike Tzul
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Mike Tzul it's great to get my trusty love out again! cant wait to grind and learn from the both of you 🙂
Iwan Krisna
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Iwan Krisna Awesome guitar forum, very useful for everyone.. finally got right guitar class
Soumesh Karmakar
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Soumesh Karmakar Is there an option where I can control the quality of the video? To adjust to internet connections with lower speeds.
Ryan Forsyth
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Ryan Forsyth What's the recommend fingering for this as I'm really struggling
Phoebe Stubbs
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Phoebe Stubbs If you do one finger per fret, that's the easiest thing to do. So for example in this scale there are notes on four frets and you have 4 fingers on your fretting hand, so whenever you play a note on the second fret, use your index finger. Whenever you play a note on the third fret, use your middle finger. Whenever you play a note on the fourth fret, use your ring finger. And whenever you play a note on the fifth fret, use your pinky. Hopefully I worded that clearly enough to understand 🙂
Eric Lomas
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Eric Lomas I got the synyster custom-s satin goldburst right before you guys announced the website.....having that guitar makes me want to learn and now with this website I have the perfect opportunity by the way love your album perfect world
Sanyam Sharma
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Sanyam Sharma This site is amazing .!
Kushaal Virdi
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Kushaal Virdi I cant believe how awesome this site is, and you guys made it FREE! I just love the layout and the video SYNCS with the tab. That's Just awesome. Now Nobody can stop me from playing like Synyster Gates. lol jus kidding. keep the good work sir and thank you for making this beautiful website. cheers
Edward Beringuela
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Edward Beringuela Been playing guitar for a couple of years, but haven't really put time into learning music theories, just sticking to knowing chords and being a copy-cat, but with this, and being a7x my favorite band and inspiration in playing, I got back my motivation in practicing. Thank you guys!
Christian Avitia
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Christian Avitia I am very happy that you have had this great idea to help the guitarists, it is the best since they help us to improve with the exercises they created for us. thank you very much!!!!
Millie Imber
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Millie Imber This is amazing, thank you so much for this! I've been self taught for around 2-3 years and know a few bits here and there, but I've picked up a few bad habits, mostly that I struggle to use my 4th finger to play (I've got tiny hands and always relied on using my 3rd finger instead, so it's very weak.) What would you say is the best method of breaking this habit and strengthening my 4th finger up?
Nick Gourlay
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Nick Gourlay So excited this up. I’ve been playing guitar for years but never actually learned anything like this. Just know tabs. I can play a lot of a7x songs though. Also sorry syn but I have zackys guitar lol. I do plan on purchasing one if your guitars. Possibly the newest one you have out
Sam Jones
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Sam Jones I have tried multiple ways of learning guitar, this has made it so much easier and it is put in a way that is easy to understand.
Tyler Sanders
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Tyler Sanders This is amazing thank you so much for creating this website. Now I can learn how to improve my sweep picking skills and refresh myself with other lessons and techniques from SYN Gates and Papa Gates, oh and also share my progress and help others learn as well. Thank you SYN/Papa Gates it's an Honor and privilege to learn from the best.
Joao Ramos
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Joao Ramos Im excited! 😀
Jeremy Baszczuk
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Jeremy Baszczuk I'm loving this, been playing for years but never felt like I was any good. Youtube lessons didn't really help me. Just going through the first few lessons and I have already learned new things that I didn't know after 10 years. Thank you for doing this. You both are who inspired me to pick up a guitar, Cheers!
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Love that!
Isaiah Brooks
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Isaiah Brooks So I'm a self taught player for a little over 2 years and haven't really learned much theory. Would the scale shown in this lesson be considered an A Major scale? At least it works well with some A backing tracks.
Isaiah Brooks
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Isaiah Brooks Whoops! Meant C Major Scale and C backing tracks.
James Jordan
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James Jordan Thank you guys so much, feel like I'm learning so much already! Thanks!
Brian Doughty
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Brian Doughty Ive been playing for about 3 years now but ive been kinda stuck in a rut on learning anything other than the occasional riff here and there. It seems like these videos are the best out there and what makes it even better is that its free. Much respect to you guys for taking the time to make these, rock on🤘🏻
Michael Buncher
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Michael Buncher You can start this anywhere right? Just depending on the root or something? How do you know when moving from say, the d string to the g string versus the g to the b string if you are moving a half or a whole step? Do you have to memorize the notes on the board or how do you know you are following Whole Whole Half Whole Whole Whole Half when you jump around strings?
Priya Chaudhary
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Priya Chaudhary Consider for example, C C# D D# E F F# are your notes from the chromatic scale.. when you go from C to C# you are going a half step, and when you from C to D, its a full step.. Similarly, E to F# is a full step, while E to F is half, and it doesn't matter which string you go to.. Remembering the notes will certainly help but just keep playing and it will come to you.
Liam Miller
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Liam Miller This has defiantly put a great start to my 2018!
Liam Miller
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Liam Miller I can't spell uhm definitely*
Oskar Mitts
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Oskar Mitts I love this thing you guys have put together, to be able to get free lessons from the people you look up to is an honor and a privilege! Keep up the good work!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Thank you, Oskar! Glad you are here!
João Jófili
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João Jófili I will always be thankful for this amazing thing you and Gates did, Pop! I started playing guitar only because of A7x, and since then I never had much money or time to have lessons. Tried to learn everything by myself. Of course it didn't work out :p Thank you so much! Now I feel I can meet my real abilities (finally!)
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Welcome! Lots to learn here. have fun!
KaHo Chan
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KaHo Chan I found it really inspiring! I've watched million of videos on sweep picking and never get it done. Since I watched the sample lessons and learned it by observing the picking motion of syn. The picking shot is very useful. I really appreciate Syn and papa to make their effort on doing such meaningful things. Sorry for my poor English ;p. I will keep going. Cheers to all.
Tim Leonard
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Tim Leonard could you upload a lesson of chromaticism, like the runs and stuff heavily used on city of evil? 😉
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Hahaha working on it!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Yeah Syn. Get on that!
Alex Van Luvender
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Alex Van Luvender I think this is awesome. Every youtube channel contradicts itself, and wants you to pay for their subscription to get the full breakdown of the lesson. This is a fantastic tool! Thank You!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. You're welcome! Glad you're here!
Karim Pardayev
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Karim Pardayev Thanks you. I played just music but no practice in theory .So, I feel that i almost have no progress. That is what I need . And you do it to free. Thanks you.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. There is plenty of theory here! Enjoy!
Devin Hickman
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Devin Hickman I recently got a Synyster Custom fr-s for Christmas, and I am overly ecstatic I get to use it to learn from the two players I look up to most!! Thank you all so much for this!!!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. You've got the perfect guitar for these lessons! Welcome!
Allan V
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Allan V I’m going to spend a lot of time with these chords, glad you will be covering music theory because it’s something I’ve never quite learned because it can be intimidating. Chords, scales, chromatics and all of that are scary terms! Glad you’re taking the time to break them down into easy and understanding pieces.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. It's all here. Just go slow and let everything sink in. It takes time. Have fun!
Felipe Borges
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Felipe Borges Wow, after 5 years trying now i feel i can learn something! greetings from brasil Sr.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Greetings! Absolutely - lots to learn here. Keep going!
Joe Ulrich
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Joe Ulrich I only know one scale and it isn't this haha. Thanks for putting aside some time to do this for us guys! I appreciate the effort being put in and hope to be as good as you someday. Keep up the good work
Ezekiel Medrano
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Ezekiel Medrano Tell your brother to git gud. Lol
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Lots more crazy scales come later! Good luck!!!
Cullen Joyce
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Cullen Joyce I’m so happy this is up, I’m pretty much brand new to guitar and I’ve always really looked up to a7x, I play drums but I really wanted to get into guitar, and I’m just so happy I get to learn from the person I look up to!
Shikhar Mehta
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Shikhar Mehta I too play the drums but not a pro at that. Can you do justice to both instruments if you learn both simultaneously? I ask because I am planning to do that. I dont want to give up one to concentrate on another.
Cam Jezewski
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Cam Jezewski of course he does
Felix Diaz
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Isaac Díaz
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Isaac Díaz We're two. I feel like i'm actually learning without getting away from the instrument 10 minutes later.