Easy Way Of Learning Scales On Guitar

author: henrihell date: 04/20/2011 category: music theory
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So the thing we do is basically we break down the scale into patterns, then we practice one pattern a day, by first memorizing it and then improvising only in that pattern. I'm gonna make an example now for one scale and what you do, day by day, in an A minor scale. Day one Start by figuring out all the notes that are included in the scale, for the a minor scale it is A-B-C-D-E-F-G. So then we start from the lowest note we can find on the E string, in that scale. Here it is E which means empty E string. Then we build up using the notes from that scale putting 3 notes per string, except from the G string, where we only have 2 notes. So the pattern for the first day will be like this:
E|-----------------------------0-1-3-|
B|-----------------------0-1-3-------|
G|-------------------0-2-------------|
D|-------------0-2-3-----------------|
A|-------0-2-3-----------------------|
E|-0-1-3-----------------------------|
Play that pattern up and down a couple of times to memorize it, then improvise for a while like 10-15 minutes using only the notes found int that pattern, remember also to improvise this pattern also in the higher octave starting from the 12th fret. Day Two Start off by improvising a bit from yesterdays pattern so you don't forget it. Today we will start from the last note we used on the E string yesterday, in this case it will be the note G. Then we create a pattern in the same way as yesterday, but starting from G. This will be the pattern:
E|-----------------------------3-5-7-|
B|-----------------------3-5-6-------|
G|-------------------4-5-------------|
D|-------------3-5-7-----------------|
A|-------3-5-7-----------------------|
E|-3-5-7-----------------------------|
And then we do the same thing as yesterday, first memorize, then improvise. Remember: both octaves. Day Three Again start by rehearsing what you've done the other days to make sure you don't forget anything done before. Now we do the same thing as yesterday again start from the last note on the E string. So in this example it will be the 7th fret on the E string, the note B. Then build up a pattern from B, same way as before.
E|---------------------------------7-8-10-|
B|--------------------------6-8-10--------|
G|----------------------7-9---------------|
D|---------------7-9-10-------------------|
A|--------7-8-10--------------------------|
E|-7-8-10---------------------------------|
Again: memorize, improvise, both octaves. Day Four Again do the same things as before, improvise in the earlier patterns just to keep them in your mind. And again we do the same thing as the day before, tomorrow is when the fun begins. The last note from previous days pattern, on the E string. In this case D, the 10th fret. Create the pattern, same way as before. Result:
E|-------------------------------------------10-12-13-|
B|----------------------------------10-12-13----------|
G|----------------------------10-12-------------------|
D|-------------------10-12-14-------------------------|
A|----------10-12-14----------------------------------|
E|-10-12-13-------------------------------------------|
And now the last time we'll have to do this, memorize, improvise. Note that you can't play this in both octaves, because you don't have 26 frets (some guitars may have, but it's really rare). Day Five Now is when the fun begins, start again by checking that you remember every pattern you've learned. You will need them all. Now we're gonna improvise again, but this time, we'll use ALL the patterns at the same time, change patterns freely, as often as you want and make it sound good. Now you'll just have to practice this until you find any note of the scale in any position, without thinking patterns. Once you can master all of these patterns at once, you've learned the scale completely, all over the fretboard. But remember that you don't fully master the scale before you stop thinking these patterns. If questions, please e-mail: henvaen6@hotmail.fi This is the first ever lesson I've made and I'll hope you'll like it. For me this works perfectly. Thanks for reading. //henrihell
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