#1
So I'm trying to learn scales and how to implement them. If I go to all guitar chords (http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php?qqq=
FULL&scch=C&scchnam=Major&get2=Get&t=0&choice=1)
and go to guitar scales and select C major and full. All the notes that are yellow are in the scale and the orange is the root note? What I want to do is solo, and tell me how this is wrong, because it's my understanding: but a good thing to do is start and end with a root note?
Also what are the different patterns what do those mean?
Thanks guys.
#2
You don't really have to start or end with a root note. I almost never do, but if you're just starting to solo I'd say just learn the major scale and minor pentatonic and play around with that for now.
#3
So i guess my question is if I learn that FULL pattern for C. is that learning the major scale?
#4
No, learning how the scale is constructed is learning the major scale. Learning all the notes on the fretboard in that scale is just memorizing patterns, though I would recommend you do both.
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#5
I'd learn how the Major scale is constructed in terms of steps (WWHWWW) and notes (eg C Maj = C D E F G A B) and intervals from the root (root, Maj 2nd, Maj 3rd, Perfect 4th...etc), learn the notes on your guitar neck, and THEN look at the patterns again - and you'll see how they work. Patterns are great, but limiting yourself to just patterns will severely restrict what you can do with them. Understand where they come from though and they are a really useful tool.

The pattern is basically just showing where the notes of the scale appear on that section of teh neck - but you can play the scale anywhere on the neck you can find the notes its comprised of, and understanding the intervals will make it easier to find what notes you want to start and end on, and what notes you want to play over certain chords or to play the melody you've got in your head.

Learning the scale so you understand how its constructed may seem a lot now, but it will make it a lot easier to use, and as you can derive pretty much any scale you'll ever need to use from the major scale, by learning it this way you've done all the hard work for understanding any other scales you'll need, in whatever key you need them. It also sets you up for learning how to construct chords in a key.
Last edited by zhilla at Oct 12, 2009,