Q). I've just finished memorizing all of my Natural Minor Scale Patterns through all five shapes on the neck. You're scale handouts were a big help. Now, I'm trying to understand how to use the scale shapes in solos, and play them in a more mobile way. One of my favorite players is George Lynch, and he uses scales this way. He's roaming all over the neck with different combinations of the scale shapes. How can I practice this? Robert K. - South Jordan, UT. USA
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The popular study of scale patterns has students practice scales from inside of their standard 'in position' shapes, however this is only the beginning.
Once you are able to take the scale patterns away from their box-shapes, connecting them in different combinations, the entire guitar neck starts to open up. When this occurs, you'll start to feel more free with the scales. This will in turn lead to students roaming all over the neck and playing the scales in different directions. Obviously, this will take a guitarist in quite the opposite direction as to how they originally studied the scale shapes.
It is very important to practice playing the scales in all of these different ways. And most of all, be sure to practice making riffs you're happy with to use in your improvisations, and when composing new songs. Putting principles like this into use is vital for expanding your overall playing skills.
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