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No matter what your skill is you can always be better! The goal is not merely to enable you to play other people's musical ideas, but for you to create your own and be able to play effortlessly and almost without thought as most of the professional musicians do...
You don't need to learn tons of scales. You only need to learn two to play all 12 Major scales on the fingerboard!
(There are actually FOUR patterns, a separate pattern for starting the scale with each of the four fingers, but we'll get to that later.)
So for these two patterns, the only difference is: whether you're playing the scale above the starting note (as with the blue scales below) or playing it below the starting note, (the yellow scales)! The reason I'm putting these two together is that they can be played consecutively in a two octave scale!
These Major Scale Maps show how to play the ALL the Major scales. I can't express how important it is to learn this lesson!
The C and G scale maps below are shown using open strings.
You always start on the ONE and proceed until you play the 8 notes of the scale ending on the ONE that's an octave higher.
Notice the TWO octave G scale is made up of two scales with one shared note.
The C scale pattern in the 2nd map is exactly the same as the (yellow) G scale map but one string lower!
When you move the (blue) G map up one string you have the D scale. Move it one higher again and you have the A scale. And they all have the same fingering!
For scales that use open strings including G,D, A, and C, (which are the only scales I would play with open strings), you use the 0, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers.
And for these 4 scales you'll be starting the scale on either the open string for the upward pattern or with the 3rd finger for the downward pattern.
These are the 2 most commonly used (and easily learned) patterns!
Just remember as you move up the neck the spacing gets smaller! If you’re used to using tape to mark your frets you’ll need to learn to use your ear to determine the finger spacing to get the true note.? However, after learning this MAP system you can probably get rid of the tape entirely.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @9:12:50 AM
How are you getting your blog to have this layout with columns and graphics?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @9:17:00 AM
I create the code in Dreamweaver and Click the "Source" button on the editing page of this site and upload the code there
Monday, January 26, 2015 @3:03:38 PM
I know this is going to be a big boost to my playing once I can wrap my brain around it. I know it's a simple concept that I am trying to complicate.....
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