This is for anyone who dosen't know how to play or read scale tab.

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Reading scale tab is actually very easy. First, I'll show you a scale tab:
e|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| B|-----|--0--|--0--|-----| G|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| D|-----|--0--|--0--|-----| A|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| E|-----|--0--|--0--|-----|
Don't worry, its not as hard as it looks. This is the same scale in standard tab:
 e|-1--4---------------------------| B|-------2--3---------------------| G|------------1--4----------------| D|-----------------2--3-----------| A|----------------------1--4------| E|---------------------------2--3-|
Scale tab shows you what fret to press down in a differen way then tab does. On the high E string it tells you to press down the 1st fret then the 4th fret. After you are done with the Hgh E string then you can go to the B strin and play the 2nd fret then the 3rd fret and so on. This should make it easier:
|-1st-|-2nd-|-3rd-|-4th-| <--fret number-- e|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| B|-----|--0--|--0--|-----| G|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| D|-----|--0--|--0--|-----| A|--0--|-----|-----|--0--| E|-----|--0--|--0--|-----|
Now you're asking yourself why don't they just number the frets in the fiirst place? Good question. The reason is scales are moveable. You can start on the high e string at the 4th fret, the 5th fret, any fret you want. If this was the tab for the scale:
e|--1--4-------------------------------------| B|--------2--3-------------------------------| G|--------------1--4-------------------------| D|--------------------2--3-------------------| A|--------------------------1--4-------------| E|--------------------------------2--3-------|
Then this is also true, since scales are moveable:
e|--5--8-------------------------------------| B|--------6--7-------------------------------| G|--------------5--8-------------------------| D|--------------------6--7-------------------| A|--------------------------5--8-------------| E|--------------------------------6--7-------|
You can start on any fret you want. Once you learn the scale foward then you can play it backwards, too this is the same scale, only backwards:
e|--------------------------------5--8-------| B|--------------------------6--7-------------| G|--------------------5--8-------------------| D|--------------6--7-------------------------| A|--------5--8-------------------------------| E|--6--7-------------------------------------|
If you are still confused, then this should help. This is theslace tab again, with the order you are supposed to play it in:
e|--1--|-----|-----|--2--| B|-----|--3--|--4--|-----| G|--5--|-----|-----|--6--| D|-----|--7--|--8--|-----| A|--9--|-----|-----|--10-| E|-----|--11-|--12-|-----|
Once you learn a scale then you will start memorizing it and eventually start playing it faster and faster, wich will help your ability to create and play solos. If you have any corrections, questions, or comments, please feel free to email me at mike98765432@aol.com.

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1st woo! i alread knew this but its pretty helpful for those who dont
^yea they are similar, but slight diff...still have that same "box" pattern but not the same notes
good article for those who didnt understand how to read scales.
i've only been playing for a couple months and this helped heaps. Great article. TOOL is awesome
its pretty alrite...u mispelt alot!
Cool article. I wish someone would do one thats like a list of scales and what they're for. that would be helpful.
I bought this book on guitar soloing and there's a separate chapter on the "major pentatonic scale" and the "minor pentatonic scale." But the scale charts for the two are identical. Am i missing something or have i been ripped off?
very helpful ive wanted to learn some scales as my fellow band member says they help with solo-ing. could include more though i agree with Stratocaster17 about the list of scales/
Very Helpful....I knew a little bit about scales and could get by but it was helpful to make me remember....G/J
Ummm i dont know major pent. off the top of my head but they aren't the same..
I'm pretty sure not all scale patterns are moveable...it would change (at least the key...)
im new at guitar an just started lokkin at sum theory an this helped alot thanks
EDIT: I just realized that that's what a key change is, basically...sorry, hah
47th!!!! good article, already knew how to read scales though, but still good
Thanx Metallica12_12 and GuitarJunkie. I'll check that book again.
Nice dude this thought me once I was done reading it once I got it already 5 STARS ***** (if there was a billion stars I would put it)
thanx a lot i was really confused on how to read it
TYVM m8 as a newbie this helped loads
thanks that has helped a lot =D
Ummm...on a scale (at the beginning of the article) you would go from high note to low note, so the fret order would be reversed. You would play 4 then 1 on the first string, 3 then 2 on the 2nd string, etc.
hes right i think
Ummm...on a scale (at the beginning of the article) you would go from high note to low note, so the fret order would be reversed. You would play 4 then 1 on the first string, 3 then 2 on the 2nd string, etc.
we enter winter once again! oh and good article
hey man great article. for those who thought it was sooo pointless...why even bother wasting your precious time and energy and poopin' on the article? great stuff. always helps me out. how do you harmonize tho?
Some people are ignorant. Though I knew this before you put it up, I know there are many who don't. Lesson appreciated, nice work (ignore those who said it was pointless)
The only problem with your scale is that you have different notes on the low e and the high e, which you can't do with a scale.
whitebluesboy wrote: The only problem with your scale is that you have different notes on the low e and the high e, which you can't do with a scale.
yup, they have to be the same. e is an e. lol
I never.. knew that.. but, surely the minor pentatonic doesn't have the same on both E's does it? (Give me a break, I've gone totally blank and can't remember it.)
Yes it does though you do not have to use all 6 strings to play a full scale, u can use one if you want. With you saying "will increase your ability to solo" yes it will help you in a way however you have to use scale notes out of sequence to get a unique sound. Minor Pentatonic goes (from 6-1) 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. Both e strings play the same notes.
NemesisX wrote: I never.. knew that.. but, surely the minor pentatonic doesn't have the same on both E's does it? (Give me a break, I've gone totally blank and can't remember it.)
Both E strings will always play the same notes on a scale, being as they are the exact same string (only a different octave).
Trust me this wasnt pointless i could never read these damn things until just now great job 5 stars
sorry i meant to put 10 stars thats what i rated it
not pointless at all. i could never read scales before this! thanks!
nice man.. i knew this but i wish that when i was tryin to find a good scale lesson that i woulda found this one first and not wasted my time with other ones. good job
This forum is for discussions at all levels of proficiency and understanding of guitar related subjects. Although the subject seems pretty ovbiuos to me, I can understand that young players might not get it right away without it being pointed out. So, good job. There are no stupid questions as long as they are sincere.
Hosscat wrote: This forum is for discussions at all levels of proficiency and understanding of guitar related subjects. Although the subject seems pretty ovbiuos to me, I can understand that young players might not get it right away without it being pointed out. So, good job. There are no stupid questions as long as they are sincere.
Amen to that
Hosscat wrote: This forum is for discussions at all levels of proficiency and understanding of guitar related subjects. Although the subject seems pretty ovbiuos to me, I can understand that young players might not get it right away without it being pointed out. So, good job. There are no stupid questions as long as they are sincere.
The god father has spoken....amen.
i'm use to playing rythem and always want to learn scales to some degree, so this is actually pretty helpful. the people who say its pointless forget that they were a wee guitar lad and needed to learn this crap to.
G major scale e|-----5-7-8---- -| B|-----5-7-8-----| G |-----4-5-7- ----| D|---- -4-5-7-----| A|-----3-5- 7-----| E|--3-5-7----- | Both e strings do not have the same notes on them but the notes stay on a consistant note pattern: G A B C D E F# The Pentatonic does not do this same thing and jumps and skips around like yours. Although your scale does not seem to follow a normal note pattern, it does not mean that it fails to be a scale. The sound is just a bit different: F# G A# C# E F G# B C# D F G# using A# B C C# D E F F# G G# whatever
this is good for beginners. all you tooks giving this bad ratings need to remmeber back in the day when YOU were noobs
i always thought that reading scales was pretty straight forward. if you can read a tab, why can't you figure this out???