The Major Scale – Left Handed Diagrams

Left Handed Guitar Major Scale

The Major Scale is one of the most commonly used scales in western music. We know that some of you do struggle with regular lessons which are aimed at right handed players, so we’ve put together a lesson which shows the major scale for left handed guitar players.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale – Left Handed Diagrams

After checking out our left handed chord chart one LeftyFretz reader recently asked if I could produce some left handed scale charts for some of the more popular scales.  Let’s first take a look at the ridiculously useful minor pentatonic scale – lefty style!

The minor pentatonic is usually the first scale that new guitarists will learn – it’s very easy to play and is useable in almost any musical scenario.  For these reasons it is a great scale to use when practicing your improvisational skills.

Before we dive in let me add that if you’re finding it difficult figuring out a scale or chord from a (right handed) diagram, the easiest thing to do is to look up the scale/chord in tablature format.  Tab makes it very easy to see what you should be playing, and I’ve included tab of the minor pentatonic scale to allow you to see how it translates over from diagrams.

Minor Pentatonic Scale Shapes

The easiest way to learn the scale over the entire guitar neck is to split it up into smaller, easily digestible shapes or patterns.  I’ve shown the five different shapes below.  Pay attention to the blue notes as these are the root notes and will indicate which key you are playing in.

Minor Pentatonic Position One - Left Handed Lefty Guitar

Minor Pentatonic Position Two - Left Handed Lefty Guitar

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 31

Tom’s ‘Lick of the Week’ Lesson 31. Tom Richardson teaches you one of his red-hot guitar licks every other Wednesday at LeftyFretz.com. Lick 31 shows how to add colour and variation to a minor pentatonic scale by adding just one extra note!

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 30

Tom’s ‘Lick of the Week’ Lesson 30. Tom Richardson teaches you one of his red-hot guitar licks every other Wednesday at LeftyFretz.com. Lick 30 is an example of how to use the Pentatonic scale with 3 note per string shapes instead of the usual box patterns.

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 29

Tom’s ‘Lick of the Week’ Lesson 29. Tom Richardson teaches you one of his red-hot guitar licks every other Wednesday at LeftyFretz.com. This week’s lick makes use of the Am pentatonic scale with some added diatonic arpeggios for extra spice.

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 28

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every other Wednesday Tom will publish a new lick lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs.  These licks are aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your fortnightly fix of left handed guitar licks from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 28

This week’s lick shows how to add one note to the standard minor pentatonic scale to give it a Melodic Minor sound.

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 27

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every other Wednesday Tom will publish a new lick lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs.  These licks are aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your fortnightly fix of left handed guitar licks from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 27

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 26

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every other Wednesday Tom will publish a new lick lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs.  These licks are aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your fortnightly fix of left handed guitar licks from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 26

The next 10 licks are based on the Pentatonic scale. Each one uses a different idea or concept to help you create fresh sounding ideas and to break away from the common box patterns. There are countless things you can do with this scale and as pretty much every guitarist knows it, it’s much easier to include the ideas in your own playing!