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1 String Scales

by telecrater

4 Nov 2008
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This lesson will at first feel silly counterproductive and sometimes juvenile.†This exercise is designed to help you play outside the box. It can be applied to any scale in any key.†I've included another Lesson "Two String Scale"another article that goes hand in hand with this one.

I personally have found that when I learn scales that I wound up trying to solo in the little pattern boxes. When I ran out of ideas I then would slide down to another pattern box. In turn my soloing efforts were pretty lame. I always admired the guitar players who seemed to seamlessly play over the entire neck. The conclusion that I came to was that I was visualizing the scale in little box patterns and not the scale over the entire fret board. Iím not sure about you but last time I watched SRV jam on Austin city limits, he wasnít play in any little boxes.

My intentions for this lesson are to re-condition your mind to seeing the entire scale over the entire fret board, and break you of these habits.

Whenever you decide to sit down and learn a new scale I would highly recommend only using one finger and run thought the scale one note at a time, one string at a time. Concentrate on playing the correct notes rather than speed. as you master the new scale string by string, you can then progress to the "Two String Scales" and then on your own apply the same techniques to 3 and four strings until your covering the entire fret board.

In this example I'm going to start by using the E Minor Pentatonic Scale. I've included the diagrams below for all the modes the E Minor Pentatonic.

E Minor Pentatonic Position I

E|-----|-----|--G--|†
B|-----|-----|--D--|†
G|-----|--A--|-----|†
D|-----|--E--|-----|†
A|-----|--B--|-----|†
E|-----|-----|--G--|†

----------------------------------------------------0-----3-----
------------------------------------------0----3----------------
--------------------------------0----2--------------------------
----------------------0----2------------------------------------
------------0----2----------------------------------------------
--0----3--------------------------------------------------------

E Minor Pentatonic Position II

|-----|--G--|-----|--A--|†
|-----|--D--|-----|--E--|†
|--A--|-----|--B--|-----|†
|--E--|-----|-----|--G--|†
|--B--|-----|-----|--D--|†
|-----|--G--|-----|--A--|†

----------------------------------------------------3-----5-----
------------------------------------------3----5----------------
--------------------------------2----4--------------------------
----------------------2----5------------------------------------
------------2----5----------------------------------------------
--3----5--------------------------------------------------------

E Minor Pentatonic Position III

|-----|--A--|-----|--B--|-----|†
|-----|--E--|-----|-----|--G--|†
|--B--|-----|-----|--D--|-----|†
|-----|--G--|-----|--A--|-----|†
|-----|--E--|-----|--E--|-----|†
|-----|--A--|-----|--B--|-----|†

----------------------------------------------------5-----7-----
------------------------------------------5----8----------------
--------------------------------4----7--------------------------
----------------------5----7------------------------------------
------------5----7----------------------------------------------
--5----7--------------------------------------------------------

E Minor Pentatonic Position IV

|-----|--B--|-----|-----|--D--|†
|-----|-----|--G--|-----|--A--|†
|-----|--D--|-----|--E--|-----|†
|-----|--A--|-----|--B--|-----|†
|-----|--E--|-----|-----|--G--|†
|-----|--B--|-----|-----|--D--|†

----------------------------------------------------7-----10----
------------------------------------------8----10---------------
--------------------------------7----9--------------------------
----------------------7----9------------------------------------
------------7----10---------------------------------------------
--7----10-------------------------------------------------------

E Minor Pentatonic Position V

|-----|--D--|-----|--E--|-----|†
|-----|--A--|-----|--B--|-----|†
|--E--|-----|-----|--G--|-----|†
|--B--|-----|-----|--D--|-----|†
|-----|--G--|-----|--A--|-----|†
|-----|--D--|-----|--E--|-----|†

----------------------------------------------------10----12----
------------------------------------------10---12---------------
--------------------------------9----12-------------------------
----------------------9----12-----------------------------------
------------10---12---------------------------------------------
--10---12-------------------------------------------------------

once you have the low E string mastered move onto another string.


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|------0--3--5--7--10--12--15----------------------------------

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|----0--2--5--7--10--12--14-----------------------------------
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|---0--2--5--7--9--12--14-------------------------------------
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|---0--2--4--7--9--12--14--------------------------------------
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|---------------------------------------------------------------
|---0--3--5--8--10--12--15------------------------------------
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|---0--3--5--7--10--12--15-------------------------------------
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By naming the notes of the scale as you play them you will embed the scale note as well and enforce your knowledge of all the notes of the fret board.



Comments:

01
11.14.2010
  2jpe2

How exactly sould this help it's just saying every scale appears on one string, at least thats how i interpret it, anything i'm missing?

02
11.15.2010
  Admiral

It helps a lot! Just think about it, this makes you aware of connecting different positions on the fretboard, also the same notes on each string don't sound the same. Furthermore you can build in more slides an make your licks sound more interesting. I think its a good lesson

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