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Hexatonic Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

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C Hexatonic Major Scale

The Hexatonic Major Scale has six notes: 1 2 3 4 5 6

The Hexatonic Major Scale is basically the Major Scale minus the 7th scale degree.See:

Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

You can also think of it as the Pentatonic Major Scale plus the 4th scale degree. See:

Pentatonic Major Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

Important!

This is not a mode of the Hexatonic Minor Scale! See:

Hexatonic Minor Scale Guitar Patterns- Fretboard Chart, Key of A

Hexatonic Scale?

When we say a scale is a Hexatonic Scale, on guitar or any other instrument, we are simply saying the scale has six notes. Any scale with six notes is Hexatonic by definition. But some are certainly much more important to know than others, depending on which genres of music you play the most.

Another Hexatonic Major Scale:

The Hexatonic Major Scale is not the only six note Major scale. The Major Blues Scale is also Major and has six notes.You could also construct other 6 note scales that were also Major (remember you must have a 3 and a 5 to have a Major scale or chord, and if a 7 is present it must be a natural 7). They would also be Hexatonic Major scales. But when we say theHexatonic Major Scale we are referring to this version, because it is the most common type without an "official" name (like Major Blues). See:

Major Blues Scale Guitar Fretboard Patterns- Chart, Key of C

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