Ok, so ive been playing for a little while and ive realised that theory is important. I am trying to learn all about scales. I know basic scales - blues, A minor, C major etc. etc. Anyway i was wondering if there is an easy way to learn scales. I.E the A minor scale starts on the 5th fret of the E string. If i were to start this on the 3rd fret of E string would it become the G minor scale because the root note is G?
yes, the interesting thing about stringed instruments is that the scales are movable, if you want a pattern of progression for a scale, figure out what the root note is, play the Major/minor/whatever scale you know, and the first 7 notes will be the notes of the scale, so when writing a song in that key or whatever, use those 7 notes, for basics.
Example, C Major, no sharps or flats, notes in scale
C, D, E,F, G, A, B
W-W-H-W-W-W)
(Major scale formula)
W=WHOLE STEP
H=HALF STEP
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How do you know when to move down a string when doing scales? I know it's bassed off the pattern WW..... but why not continue along the sdame string?
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How do you know when to move down a string when doing scales? I know it's bassed off the pattern WW..... but why not continue along the sdame string?

anyone??
I could be very wrong but I believe that it has a lot to do with ease of playing. It's called playing in position. If you have to go all the way up or down the neck it would be slow. If you play the scale in the 'box' , the scale pattern using all six strings you only need to use 4 frets to play 2 octaves. Or something like that.

You can find the scale patterns on the internet.

http://www.cyberfret.com/scales/basic/index.php

Page 2 has the shapes
Bill
Last edited by LongT at Jan 10, 2007,