The key of F Major has one flat – Bb

The notes in an F Major scale are as follows

F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E

If you are unfamiliar with the basics of major scales, be sure to read the posts what is a major scale and major scale positions on the fretboard.

f you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the F major scale is effectively the same scale as the F ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat F ionian and F major as an identical scale.

Positions On The Guitar:

Lets look at the F Major scale in the Open position.

F Major Scale Open Position Frets

F Major Scale Open Position Notes

Now of course, let’s look at the 5 positions on the fretboard for F Major.

The first one is in the 1st position (the lowest fret is fret 1)

F Major Scale 1st Position Frets

F Major Scale 1st Position Notes

The next one is in the 5th position (the lowest fret is fret 5)

F Major Scale 5th Position Frets

F Major Scale 5th Position Notes

The next one is in the 6th position (the lowest fret is fret 6)

F Major Scale 6th Position Frets

F Major Scale 6th Position Notes

The next one is in the 9th position (the lowest fret is fret 9)

F Major Scale 9th Position Frets

F Major Scale 9th Position Notes

The next one is in the 12th position (the lowest fret is fret 12)

F Major Scale 12th Position Frets

F Major Scale 12th Position Notes

So there you have all the positions on the guitar fretboard for playing the F Major scale. Practice practice practice!

For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.

Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.

Here are the 7 modes in the key of F Major:

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