Do not learn more than 3 patterns to play any scale anywhere on the guitar

The video talks about learning scales the right way understanding the pattern nature of scales and not in a short term memory kind of manner (similarity found in 50 First Dates movie premise).

Please note that all the patterns will work on a standard tuned guitar. Naturally we can use our understanding of notes on the first 5th frets (and more as you wish), to be able to play any scale.

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Shown below are examples using the major scale. What about other scales?

When we know which notes to be changed from a major scale pattern to get another scale of interest, then we can modify the pattern and again we get just 3 patterns that we need to remember in order to attain scale playing freedom on the guitar.

Just 3 patterns = any major scale

The below pattern be learned to play any major scale with starting note on the 6th string.

6-string-pattern-intervals

The same pattern in terms of Carnatic Raga Swaras.

6-string-pattern-swaras

When the pattern starts from the 6th string 1st fret, it is an F major scale, the notes of which are shown in the image below.

6th-string-f

Shift it up to start playing on the 5th fret of the 6th string and  this is how the patten will look like. Compare it with the interval pattern image shown before and we see that they are the same.

a-major-scale-intervals

But now, the same pattern, just by shifting and starting from a different fret on the same 6th string, gives us the A major scale as shown below, with no additional learning time or effort.

a-major-scale-notes

The below pattern be learnt to play major scales starting from any fret on the 5th string. As you may notice, it is the exact same pattern that we used to start playing major scales on the 6th string. No extra learning time or effort spent. Just a little bit of time spent looking at how the pattern is the same will do.

No extra learning time or effort spent. Just a little bit of time spent looking at how the pattern is the same will do.

5th-string-pattern-interval-names

This is a pattern to play major scales starting from the 4th string frets. Anywhere on the 4th string, you may start the pattern to get a major scale. Which major scale it is is determined by the note on which you start the pattern.

For example, since the below pattern starts on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, the E note, it is an E major scale.

4th-string-root

A pattern to play major scales starting from the 3rd string frets. Anywhere on the 3rd string, start the pattern and you get a major scale.

If the pattern starts on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string, like shown below, the result is an A major scale. Instead if from the 5th fret of the 3rd string, it is a C major scale, the 3rd string 5th fret being a C note.

3rd-string-root

 

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