Introduction to the Diatonic Scale
The Diatonic scale is also known as the major scale and the (natural) minor scale.
The diatonic scale contains seven notes. It is a popular misconception that “diatonic” means seven notes. Actually, heptatonic means seven notes! The term diatonic has a fairly complicated history that we won’t get into. The easiest way to think of it is according to these terms:
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The diatonic scale is nothing more than these seven notes mapped out across your entire guitar.
For ease of communication, the ESG method for learning guitar has assigned a name to each of the five basic scale shapes.
Check out these related posts:
Diatonic Scale & Pentatonic Scale
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