Banjo Scales: G major (2 Octaves)

G Major Scale for 5-string banjo

Tired of being stuck in one spot on the neck? You see those people fly up and down the fingerboard and wonder how can I do that?

This video on banjo scales is designed to help you learn how to shift THROUGHOUT the fingerboard as opposed to only across.

In this video, I go over the G major scale for banjo. This isn’t the typical one-octave variety, this is a two-octave scale running from one end of the neck to the other.

Why learn your banjo scales in two octaves?

The melodies to many songs are greater than an octave in range. Therefore, you need the ability to shift from lower to higher positions. You need the ability to break out of positional “box” type playing that confines you to one area of the neck to truly be free in your improvisations. This is the same way a singer doesn’t sing in only one register-we don’t play in only one register.

This video supplies you with one possible shifting. There are a multitude of shifting possibilities due to the nature of the instrument. Time to get to work, here is the video! Please keep in mind-Once you do learn your scales, you’ll want to know How to Use Scales


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Professional Musician of 27 years. I've performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Ryman Auditorium. I've also played in 6 different countries. All things Banjo and Acoustic Guitar.


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