#1
I've learnt my pentatonic and major and minor scales.
Is the only way to fully know the scales all over the fretboard to learn every single note. I know this is easier than it seems but is there no way of learning scales with doing this.

Thanks.
#2
Actually, if you haven't noticed, the scales follow the same pattern, they just start on different frets.

Example: F Phrygian

E----------------------------------------2-4-6----------|
B--------------------------------2-4-6------------------|
G------------------------1-3-5--------------------------|
D----------------1-3-4----------------------------------|
A---------1-3-4-----------------------------------------|
E--1-2-4------------------------------------------------|

G# Phrygian follows the same finger intervals.

E-------------------------------------------5-7-9-|
B-----------------------------------5-7-9---------|
G---------------------------4-6-8-----------------|
D-------------------4-6-7-------------------------|
A-----------4-6-7---------------------------------|
E---4-5-7-----------------------------------------|

See what I mean? Same finger pattern. Just learn those and you can apply it to any root note. What's even better is that the 7 major modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian) all connect together. But, that's a lesson for another day.
Last edited by mailbox2112 at Aug 31, 2010,
#3
The scales you mentioned follow a pattern so it helps to remember the pattern or "shape" of the scale. For example if you start on your root note F and play a major pentatonic the shape should be the same through the first octave on every root note. ie. f, g, a, b, c, d ,e.

Same goes for your minor pentatonic and harmonic minor scales. I hope this helps.

Keep on rockin!
#4
Keep in mind there are different shapes for the scales as you go up the neck. For example, you mentioned teh Pentatonic scale. I don't know if you meant that you had learned one shape.... the most common I think is:

(for the key of Am)
-------------------------------------------------5---8-------
----------------------------------------5---8----------------
-------------------------------5---7-------------------------
-----------------------5---7---------------------------------
-------------5---7-------------------------------------------
----5---8----------------------------------------------------

But you can play in this key below the 5th fret and above the 8th fret... there are 5 shapes for the pentatonic scale up and down the neck. Learn all 5 "shapes" and you can play that scale all over without necessarily knowing every note by name. But that doesn't mean that knowing every note would necessarily be a bad thing... maybe you already knew about the shapes, but when I first learned it I went a long time only knowing that one shape, and not knowing how to move it.