The Whole Tone scale

  • The Whole Tone scale is actually the easiest possible scale that you can learn on the guitar.

  • It's a 6 note scale.

  • This is a scale with just 1 scale pattern that keeps repeating. Therefore it is called a "symmetrical" scale.

  • This scale does not have modes - because every mode of this scale sounds exactly the same.

  • Here is the basic position of the scale that repeats up and down the neck:
    Whole tone scale basic pattern


  • Here is the scale ascending up the neck:
    Whole Tone scale - Ascending


  • And here is the scale played on the B, G and A strings only using symmetrical "boxes"
    Whole Tone scale symmetrical box







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