sharps on the scales

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by jesus_monkey, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. this may sound dumb, but could someone inform me on where the sharps are at in all of the major scales?? it would really help a newbie out...
  2. It's kind of a vague question, but I'll try my best.

    This is a one octave C-Major scale in tab form:


    It has no sharps or flats. Take that basic shape and play it in any starting position. Like play the A-3-5 on the third fret of the E string, then it's a G major scale. A G major scale has 1 sharp, F#. Just move the scale around like that, see which notes you're playing and you'll be set. It would take hours to explain where the sharps are in a major scale because they can be anywhere. A scale can start on a sharp or a flat. With this method you only have to know where the notes are on the fretboard, and if you don't know that, then there are many good guides on the net that tell you where they are.

    For more information on scale theory, try this tutorial by Jazzbo:

    And for information on notes and all sorts of things, try

    I hope that helped a little.

    I found a picture of the notes on the fretboard. It's in Jazzbo's tutorial, just scroll a little down and then you'll find it.
  3. Circle of Fifths

    G Major- 1 sharp (F is sharp)
    D Major- 2 sharps (F C)
    A Major- 3 sharps (F C G)
    E Major- 4 sharps (F C G D)
    B Major- 5 sharps (F C G D A)
    F# Major- 6 sharps (F C G D A E)
    C# Major- 7 sharps (F C G D A E B)

    F Major- 1 flat (B)
    Bb Major- 2 flats (B E)
    Eb Major- 3 flats (B E A)
    Ab Major- 4 flats (B E A D)
    Db Major- 5 flats (B E A D G)
  4. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Fat Cats Go Down Alleys Eating Burgers.
  5. Actually, that's Fb, no?

    Cb would have Bb, not Bbb.

    OK, everybody, "Scrapple" in Fb, 1, 2, 3 .... ;)
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Ed made a mistake!?!?!?!


    there's something you don't see every day....
  7. Gb is F#, and who uses Gb anyway
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    (Sicilian guy from Princess Bride voice on)
    (S.G.F.P.B. voice off)

  9. JaggedB


    Jan 26, 2002
    Columbus, OH
    I always thought it was

    Fat Cats Get Drunk After Eight Beers :D
  10. Well, me for one ... I used to play in a small big band whose theme song was in Gb.

    So are you suggesting that, having learned all the sharp keys and the first five flat keys, as far as Db, you might as well stop there?
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I do. In fact, on most of the jazz charts I see, Gb is more common than F#.
  12. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    I learned a different one too:

    Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle

    which is nice 'cos you can reverse it for the flats:

    Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles' Father
  13. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Fat Cows Get Drunk At Eddie's Bar
  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    ...and I hear they all start to get prettier right around closin' time.
  15. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Oh man, and I was told that it was

    Fat Cats Get Drunk At Every Bar :D

    MMmmm... beer....
  16. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Thus perpetuating my existing image of Louisville.

  17. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY, the song goes, "Don't yer SISTER always get purtier 'round closin' time".....

    Besides, I heard somebody from 'Frisco sing that song once, and then the lyrics went, "Don't the......."

    (doggonnit...what are those new forum rules again?)
  18. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Weren't you thinking of a Cb13 chord? :D
  19. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000

    you hardly ever see it. Thats only the 3rd time in over a year ive seen him make one. Not Shabby!!

    i like the acronims guys...ive never heard them before, so im sure theyll help me to remember this stuff too.
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