#1
I just recently started learning how to play the guitar and I have a question about scales patterns. I know a few C patterns and I know each major scale has about 5 patterns.


What I 'm really confused is how one knows when to use the patterns.For argument sake lets say I pick an E flat note randomly on the board and would like to play the major scale pattern for it. How do I know which scale pattern to use ?


In my case I would play the standard C (5th string,3rd Fret) 2nd position scale pattern with Eflat as the root and that tends to work. But I have been looking on youtube and everyone seems to have a different scale pattern.

I have noticed the fingerings(fingering based on max of 3 notes per string on 4/5 frets) below seems to work but I cant help feeling sometimes the patterns are rather random.

2 4
1 2 4
1 3 4
1 3 4
2 4
1 2

or

2 4
1 2 4
1 2 4
1 3 4
2 4
1 3 5


Thanks
Chib
#2
Scale patterns are never random, because scale patterns will by definition contain all the notes of a specific scale.

There's no "when to use the patterns" - that's up to you, but as a rule you don't actually play scales. Straight scale runs appear very rarely in music, instead people use the notes of the scale to construct things that are a bit more interesting. The pattern just tells you what notes are there to be used in any particular place, it doesn't tell you how to use those notes.
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