A lot of Bluegrass is played using open strings in the open zone of the fingerboard, especially when you’re playing rhythm.

When you’re soloing or adding phrases between verses of a song you’ll also want to explore the upper regions of the guitar.

With the most popular keys being C, G, & D you want to learn the fingerings for these scales from the 6th and 5th strings so you can cover a lot of the fingerboard.

All of these scales are transposable to any key depending on the zone they’re played in.

I’m covering every note possible within the 4-finger zones so you’ll have a good idea of all the notes that can be played in these patterns.

I also made these scales a little more musical instead of playing them from root to root. This will make them more fun to practice.

C major: 6th string form

E |--------------------------------------------7-8-10-7-8|
B |--------------------------------------8-10------------|
G |-----------------------------7-9-10-------------------|
D |---------------------7-9-10---------------------------|
A |------------7-8-10------------------------------------|
E |-8-7-8-10---------------------------------------------|

C major: 5th string form

E |-------------------------------3-5-3--------------------------------------|
B |------------------------3-5-6--------6-5-3--------------------------------|
G |-----------------2-4-5----------------------5-4-2-------------------------|
D |----------2-3-5------------------------------------5-3-2------------------|
A |3-2-3-5---------------------------------------------------5-3-2--------2-3|
E |-------------------------------------------------------------------5-3-5--|

G major: 6th string form

E |------------------------------------2-3-5-2-3--|
B |-------------------------------3-5-------------|
G |------------------------2-4-5------------------|
D |-----------------2-4-5-------------------------|
A |----------2-3-5--------------------------------|
E |3-2-3-5----------------------------------------|

G major: 5th string form

E |-------------------------------------------------------7-8-10-8-7----------|
B |----------------------------------------------7-8-10---------------10-7-8--|
G |-----------------------------------------7-9-------------------------------|
D |--------------------------------7-9-10-------------------------------------|
A |10-9-7----------------7-9-10-----------------------------------------------|
E |---------10-8-7-8-10-------------------------------------------------------|

D major: 6th string form

E |----------------------------------------------------9-12-9-10--|
B |--------------------------------------------10-12--------------|
G |----------------------------------9-11-12----------------------|
D |------------------------9-11-12--------------------------------|
A |--------------9-10-12------------------------------------------|
E |10-9-10-12-----------------------------------------------------|

D major: 5th string form

E |--------------------------------------------2-3-5-3-2----------|
B |-------------------------------------2-3-5-------------5-2-3---|
G |--------------------------------2-4----------------------------|
D |-------------------------2-4-5---------------------------------|
A |5-4-2------------2-4-5-----------------------------------------|
E |-------5-3-2-3-5-----------------------------------------------|

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bluegrass-boxBluegrass can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Not many other genres of guitar have this much flexibility.

It can be a lot of fun for friends getting together just playing basic chords or a five piece band of jamming talent.

Bluegrass is a type of music that has basically no electric instruments or drums. It excites the listener by emphasizing notes and just plain good old fashioned picking.

If you are already a bluegrass fan, then you know how great it is. It is a lifestyle in itself. It’s fun and has attracted a diverse and loyal following worldwide.

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