How to Perform 2 Octave Scales

Are you bored with your current state of scale application? Want to discover more range? Well, you're going to love this lesson... get ready for more fingerboard range, and the ability to create dual register melodic concepts! This scale idea allows all that and the ability for guitar players to have greater control over longer scale layouts on the neck. This post is all about "Two-Octave" scales... 

Learning how to most effectively line up one lower register section of a scale across the fingerboard into a second scale out-line into a new octave range offers a guitar player many advantages.

I know it sounds a little complex, but he real trick to doing this is centered around the fingering that we use at the very point where we make the scale pattern shift. If you do that fingering correctly, you’ll have an excellent transition point as you begin playing into your second octave.


Two octave scale application is a great process to study because it makes you think a lot more about connecting scales, (than as if you were to only study scales in one position).

Plus, two octave scale shapes establishes longer scale runs. When practiced with effective fingerings, you’ll not only start playing scales with more notes, but you’ll play scales faster.

The first 2-Octave scale pattern that I want to introduce will be based off of the 5th guitar string. We'll perform it from off of the root of a “C” Major Scale.

(1). “C Major” 5th String Root – 2 Octave Scale:

The next 2 Octave scale pattern I want to run through will be another Major scale. This time we’ll be focused on playing the pattern from off of the 6th string.

(2). “G Major” 6th String Root – 2 Octave Scale:

Now you’re starting to get a good idea for how these 2 octave scale patterns can function on the neck. 

When they are played efficiently (using a good fingering approach for both ascending as well as descending with the patterns), they can be performed quickly and easily.

Before we wrap things up, I also wanted to demonstrate how this two octave scale approach can be used with a Minor Tonality scale as well. 

For our final pattern, we’ll run through a scale layout in the key of “D Minor” using a two octave 5th string root scale. 

(3). “D Minor” 5th String Root – 2 Octave Scale:

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