*Understanding* oops

Anyway, so far I've been just learning the "shapes" of scales, which has been fairly easy with some of the more common scales, for which I can usually find simple charts like the kind on this page:


Now, with some of the more exotic scales, I've found that many times I can only find them on "scale search engine" things like this:


The problem is that things like this generate big sprawling diagrams that cover half of the fretboard.

If someone is just trying to learn the basic shape of the scale, how do they find it on this kind of chart? How do you know where it starts and where it ends?
Last edited by fimbulwinter at Jan 26, 2009,
Scale don't have a basic shape and the patterns they form don't have a start or end- they all cover the entire fretboard.

If you want to know where your scale starts you need to be able to locate the root notes, if you don't know how to do that then you need to learn the notes on the fretboard and learn about intervals.
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The above answer does a good job explaining how a scale pattern can cover the entire fretboard. In any case, I might be able to help you along here.

I've been teaching private guitar, bass, and saxophone lessons in Exeter, New Hampshire (NH) for about ten years. I have a large selection of pre-written lesson plans available on my website at no cost. If you go to the "Virtual Drive" section of the website you will be linked to all of my lesson plans. Look for the "scales" folder or "exotic scales" and you will find the patterns you mention written for specific positions of the guitar.
Here is the link: