How To Change Key of a Scale Shape on Guitar
If you want to improvise or play and make up your own guitar solos or licks then it is crucial that you can move your scale shapes around into different keys. When you can do this your guitar playing will take a massive step forward and you’ll be able to play and express your ideas more fluently than ever before on your guitar.
In all the guitar lessons I’ve done (over 17,000!) I’ve seen this basic skill hold up more players than almost anything else – the lessons I teach you in this video are essential!
Here’s a breakdown of what you learn in this video:
0:21 Why you need to be able to move your scales around into other keys to play any music – blues, country, rock, metal – anything!
0:47 Step 1 is to learn some of the notes along the low E string on your guitar. This basic step is super important and not knowing them can have a disasterous effect on your guitar playing and soloing! So here I show you the notes, complete with description and fingering guidelines.
2:20 How to use the root note in the scale pattern to figure out where to play the scale on the neck to be in the right key. Here I demonstrate it with C minor pentatonic and G minor pentatonic. Note that the scale pattern stays exactly the same – we’re just playing it at a different fret.
4:20 How to use the root note to move the A blues scale into the key of D to turn it into D blues scale.. Complete with description and fingering guidelines. This fingering is great for covering more of the guitar neck.
5:00 Watch these videos if you haven’t seen these two guitar scale shapes before.
5:10 Summary of what we’ve learned so far and how it can help your guitar playing.
5:50 How to move the major pentatonic scale around to other keys. Hee the root note is played by the little finger. I demonstrate this here by moving A major pentatonic up to the 12th fret to become E major pentatonic.
7:20 Here I show you how to move your scale shapes up above the 12th fret to get the scale up an octave.
8:05 Summary of what we’ve studied in this video lesson.