hey guys im pretty new to scales and my guitar teacher has given me a few scales:

minor pent scales postions 1 and 4

and all the 1 positions for modes.

my problem is working with the metranome, i cant seem to tell if my timingis on par with it. i can play one beat at a time when im playing a scale perfectly, but when im playing 2 beats at a time its pretty hard to tell if my timing is well.
also id just like to note that my lessons have ended becuase i cant afford anymore
If you are on time while playing eighth notes, every second note you play should line up with a click.
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try two notes per beat at a much slower tempo

make sure you can do it perfectly, then slowly start to increase the tempo

it can get boring but it works well.

good luck
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As has already been said, two notes per beat. Therefore, every second note lands on the click of the metronome. With scales it also helps to play the octave (last note of the scale) twice, as this means you won't end a beat before the metronome.
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assuming youre alt picking, go slow and concentrate on downpicking on the click maybe even harder than you usually would until you get used to 8th note picking
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If you are on time while playing eighth notes, every second note you play should line up with a click.

remind me eight notes are singles picks right?
Why don't you just try quarter notes. every click = a note.

play each note exactly when it clicks. it's pretty easy to tell if you're on or not.

When you get good at that.... then move on to other note values like 8ths or 16ths.
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Just take it slow as you need to, you should be able to hear if you're in time. Counting out loud will help if you think you're not quite on the beat. The metronome should click on the "1, 2, 3, 4" so you can count it like:

1 2 3 4 - Crotchet beat (quarter notes)

Then you should do an extra pick in between (so you pick on the 1234 + the & but the metronome will still only click on the 1234.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 - Quaver beat (8th notes)

Then you can divide it again and pick on the 1234, e, &, a, while the metronome only clicks on the 1234.

1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a 1 - Semi quaver beat (16th notes)

Sorry if that's hard to understand, would be easier to explain with audio.
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As guitarmunky suggested use quarter notes...

I'll use a quick example, Lets say you want to play 60 bpm and playing 1/8 notes (meaning the counting is 1 AND 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND 1...) if you are having a trouble on the offbeat then eliminate it for now - abandon the AND part for now, you can crank your metronome up to 120 bpm and play on the clicks only.

another tip I would have is that when you are starting try to count it out loud before you attempt to play it, this tends to internalize the beat for me.
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There are eight 8th notes if you're 4/4, so the rhythm is

1 e & a 2 e & a 1

The metronome will hit on the "1" beat "and" and the "2" beat

That's wrong! Eight notes are just two notes played in the duration of one beat, like this:

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and ....
Where the metronome clicks on the 1, 2, 3 and 4s, and the "and"s are exactly in between (on the offbeat).

As for telling if your in time between the beats, choose a tempo that is not too fast, but also not too slow. I don't know what your skill level is, but maybe something around 100 bpm would be a glood place to start. Now first play one note every click and once you get a feel for the tempo, play two notes per click. Make sure that the space between the notes are even all the time and that every other 'pluck' is on the beat.
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That's wrong! Eight notes are just two notes played in the duration of one beat, like this:

Yeah, my bad, ballsed that up, hopefully post is correct now.
what i normally play is two notes per a click. but when i do this itshard totll if im off or not on the metranome. maybe somone can tell me what to notes per a click is called and i can youtube search it and see how people play it.
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and all the 1 positions for modes.

Well it's a pretty good thing that you stopped taking lessons from him though, as modes are not something you should consider learning at this point.
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