Dansm's Guitar Scale Lessons
Reading Scale Charts
My scale charts will be presented as a box shown below. All the symbols I have used to make the box easy to read and use are explained here:



The root shown is always the root of the major scale. Therefore, if you are playing the A dorian mode (which is in the key of G), the root shown is G and the fifth shown is D. This is done because these notes are going to be the most important ones played in a solo so you must know where they are in every mode box.
This box, as shown, represents the F# major scale. However, these boxes are designed so you can move them to any key simply by moving the root of the scale on the sixth string. To play the box as the G major scale, you play this (indicated in standard notation and tab notation):



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