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Gamma in C major for beginners

In this exercise, we will learn to hold the chord C

Initial position: left hand with open palm to the top (parallel to the floor) and perpendicular to the neck of the guitar. The thumb is pressed to the back of the neck.

Press the second string on the 5th fret with the index finger pad. Then, without removing the index finger, we press the fourth string on the 6th fret with the small pillow of the middle finger. Then we add the ring finger to the fifth string on the 7th fret. The hand should not strain much. Lodon should not touch the neck, only fingers. Then we return the palm of the left hand to its original position. We make movements slowly. Repeat to be sure.

Next, we learn to put the fingers in the reverse order, first we put the middle finger on the fourth string, then on the third ring finger and finally the index finger on the second string. We train to confidence.

Now we move one way to the left (the index finger presses on the 4th fret) and do the exercise as in Part 1. We train to confidence.

Then we move one more way to the left (the index finger presses on the 3rd fret) and work out the exercise as in Part 1 to confidence.

Then we move one more way to the left (the index finger presses on the 2nd fret) and work out the exercise as in Part 1 to confidence.

Then we move one more way to the left (the index finger presses on 1 fret) and work out the exercise as in Part 1 to confidence.


Congratulations, you can now put your fingers on the C chord correctly.

Gamma in C major on the guitar - what is it in simple words

Gamma - This is a sequence of notes that are included in the key of the work. In this case, it is a scale that forms the key in C major, or in A minor - since they are parallel to each other. The notes in this case go one after another in a certain sequence.

This material is necessary for every guitarist, because it is on the basis of scales and their fingering that solo parts are built, as well as the construction of chords. Thanks to this knowledge, you will be able to build interesting harmonies and chord sequences, and also, if necessary, you will clearly understand what rules to break so that the song sounds unusual and interesting.

Why should you learn the position of the scale in C major?

First of all, because it is the basis of the foundations. Having learned the fingerings and all the positions of the basic gamut with whole notes, you will understand how it is embedded in general, and by analogy, find other boxes yourself. In addition, you will take the first steps in improvisation, and begin to master the art of inventing solo parts for guitar.

Brief instruction on the correct game of scales

  1. Understand how to use the metronome, and always play only for it. Take an average pace for yourself, and gradually increase it.
  2. In addition, try to do additional exercises also under the metronome - for example, play syncopes, or trioli, duoles, quarters, and so on.
  3. Try to remember the fingerings, so as not to look at the fingerboard when playing.
  4. Having learned how to build a gamut, try, without looking at other fingering, build it anywhere in the neck.

How to build a scale in C major

Like any major scale, it is built on the principle of tone-tone-halftone-tone-tone-tone-halftone. In this case, the sequence of notes is very simple - C D E F G A B C. That is, you just need to play all the full notes on the guitar - and you get the gamut.

Stable Steps in C Major

Steady steps are called notes of gamma, which, when played simultaneously, give the so-called tonic triad - that is, a chord. This is always the first, third and fifth step - this rule applies to any key, only notes change. In the case of C major, these are the notes of Do, Mi and Sol.

In addition, there are also unstable steps, which can be removed if necessary - which happens, for example, in the major and minor pentatonic scale. In addition, they themselves sound tense, and they must be resolved - that is, change the note to a stable level. In the scale of the guitar, such notes are always in second, fourth, sixth and seventh places.

Fingering Gamma C Major

As already mentioned above, C major appears as a sequence of notes Do Re Mi Fa Sol La La Si, respectively, in different boxes her fingering will primarily be based on this. Below, in addition to explanation, will also be presented tabs in C major to make it even easier for you to practice the game of this gamut.

How to play the scale in C major

Buy yourself a mechanical one, or use the metronome online, and play only for it. This is very important because you immediately accustom yourself to a smooth and clear game. In addition, it is very advisable to learn all the positions so that you do not get lost during improvisation and continue to play any guitar fret. Try to use all your fingers during the game - it will be much more convenient to play your parts and not get lost during fast solos.

The first position is based on the seventh fret. The notes are played sequentially, the numbers indicate the fingers that you need to clamp the frets. The same scheme can also be transposed to other keys.

We go down three frets below - now the tonic is on the tenth. Please note that the scheme has not changed much, and in addition, it involves notes from the previous position. This is very important, since understanding this principle, it becomes easier to build scales.

Now we move on to the first fret. Everything is repelled by him. This is the simplest scheme in all key.

Moving to the third fret. Pay attention once again that in this scheme the first notes on each fret are the last notes from the previous box.

It starts from the fourth fret, and ends at the seventh - so you go through a full circle and return to the first position.

Gamma C sharp major / Gamma D flat major - 5 positions

In fact, in order to assimilate these positions, it is enough to simply shift all the boxes listed above one step down the fingerboard.

The first position begins with the eighth fret. In this case, boxing is exactly the same as in the scale in C major, just everything is transferred to half a tone.

The second boxing begins with the ninth fret, and completely repeats the scheme of the second position from the scale of C major.

The third position begins with the first fret, and looks a little different than boxing in C major. The reason is that all open modes change to the clamped first.

Further, everything goes into the fourth mode. The principle is the same - the last notes of the past boxing turn into the first for this.

The last position in which we return to the eighth fret. In this case, it all starts from the sixth.

First exercise

It uses the seventh to tenth frets on all strings except the first and second. You need to start with the middle finger, since it is with such fingering that it will be easier for you to work and play. Everything is played with sixteenth notes, so carefully adjust the tempo.

Second exercise

It uses the seventh to tenth modes in exactly the same way. From the very beginning, you can hold several notes at once, since they are located on one string. Everything is performed in the same way by sixteenth notes.

Third exercise

Similar to the previous exercise, the only difference is that all the strings are involved here, as well as the gamma is ascending, not descending. In addition, in some places you will need to use the legato technique to make the transition between notes smooth.

Conclusion and tips for beginner guitarists

First of all, it’s worth repeating again that practicing playing scales should be done exclusively under the metronome. Accustom yourself to it from the very start of classes, and in the future it will be much easier for you to work on music.

In addition, try to practice regularly and practice independently all the scales and tones. Learn the theory, as it will come in handy for you in composing. The above exercises are not the only ones, and you can still find a lot more - for working out the legato, scales, as well as the speed and technique of the game.