new transposer      circle of 5ths    wap


Joined: 13 Jan 2008
United States
Lessons: 8
Karma: 13

2 String Scales

by telecrater

22 Jan 2008
Views: 10542

This is an exercise that is designed to help connect all of the patterns of a scale over the fret board. 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.

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.

For convenience I will be using E Minor Pentatonic Scale. Keep in mind that this exercise can be applied to any scale, in any key, and will eventually cover all the patters of the scale. Here are the patterns


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-------------------------------------------------------

It is really important to have a good understand of these patterns. You really should have them all or most of them memorized before going on. This is why I've included all the patterns.

Now in our exercise we will only be playing on 2 strings at a time over the entire fret board. At first just try and work on accuracy when you have it memorized then work on speed. Once you feel competent in doing this then move over to the next set of strings. Keep doing this until you have mastered all the strings in all the positions. Try and play a guitar solo, and see how your efforts have changed.

will start with the 5th and 6th strings (low E and A)


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------0----2------------2----5-------------5----7-------------7---10---------10--12
----0----3------------3----5------------5----7-------------7---10----------10--12--------

Keep playing this pattern until you have them memorized. Play them out of order create new melodies and groves just with these 2 strings. Once you feel comfortable with the 5th and 6th string then move up one string to 5th and 4th, and progress until you have mastered all the strings over the entire fret board.

When you first start running though these patterns you may find that you don't know the scale as was well as you thought. Keep practicing, and you will master it in no time.



5th and 4th Strings

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------0--2---------2--5---------5--7------------7---9--------------9--12---------------
--0--2---------2--5----------5--7---------7--10-------------10---12-----------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4th and 3rd strings

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------0---2-----------4-----------4---7-----------7---9--------------9----12---------
---0---2-----------2---5--------5---7----------7---9-----------9----12--------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3rd and 2nd strings

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------0---3-----------3---5----------5---8----------8---10--------------10----12-----
---0---2-----------2---4-----------4---7----------7--9------------9----12-----------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2nd and 1st strings

----------0---3------------3---5-----------5---7-------------7---10-------------10---12---
--0---3-----------3---5------------5---8-----------8---10-------------10---12-------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


That wraps up this lesson. Now that you have mastered this scale, go back and try doing it in different keys. Whenever you learn a new scale, apply this exercise to it as well. I really hope this helped your playing out; I know it did on mine.



Comments:

01
11.03.2008
  uziel_lpz

how can i figure out

the other note scales

02
11.03.2008
  exp

small mistake in the tabs of shape IV. A good lesson nonetheless, the more maps you got the better it is :)

03
11.03.2008
  telecrater

Thanks for the input, I've fixed that iv scale.

@uziel_lpz

Not sure what you mean the other note scales. This technique can be applied to any scale. Try using the scale tool

04
11.04.2008
  JazzMaverick

I think he means by playing it on every other string.

05
11.04.2008
  telecrater

any hoot PM me I'll be happy to help you out. until then I'll work on a part 2 of this excercize

06
11.04.2008
  joe

cheers that was really helpful. i found myself playing in the box 24/7 too. good effort :)

07
09.03.2009
  crackerpimp2000

very well put on the lesson. im an intermediate guitarist and i normally found myself doing the exact same thing.



Copyright © 2004-2017 All-Guitar-Chords.com. All rights reserved.