How to Discover New Guitar Patterns On A Diatonic Scale

hi Friend,

How’s it going?

Geez, I can’t believe I overslept today.

I better hurry up and write this email
because I can’t have you sitting around,

Actually that reminds me a zen principle.

There’s really no such waiting if you’re
enjoying yourself all the time.

If someone says – “sorry to keep you waiting”,
you say “I wasn’t waiting – I was sitting here
enjoying myself”.

Actually, if you’re a guitarist, and you want
to keep your mind busy, you can always work
on visualizing scales or patterns on the fretboard.

Usually I just find my mind wandering anyway,
and the next thing I know, the waiting is over
and I’m back home with my guitar…HA 🙂

Ok, so speaking of visualizing scales, I tell
guitarists this over and over: Forget learning
a gazillion scales.

Focus on just the pentatonic and diatonic scales
and learn them in a few keys all over the fretboard.

You can go really deep on these things. Heck, I’m STILL
discovering new things about these 2 basic
patterns all over the neck.

For example, here’s one interesting aspect of the diatonic scale:

If you start on the root on the low E string,
and play three notes a string, you will get

(for example in C)


It’s a neat little symmetrical pattern where you
have the notes 2 frets apart, and then 2 frets
apart again. Visually it looks like a little ladder.

Here’s the interesting part: This same shape
repeats itself if you start on the 5th degree
of the scale. So, in the key of C, you could
start on the G note:


Also remember that the 5th degree of the scale
starts the mixolydian mode… If you play this
mode using 3 notes per string , you’ll see
a “triple” ladder shape:


Sometimes I’ll call it a “triple cheeseburger”


Hey, don’t roll your eyes — making
learning fun actually works! Seriously,
don’t be afraid to create your own little
pet names for different shapes you find.

Making things fun creates more inspiration and
the energy and motivation to play longer and
get better. And that’s what it’s all about.

So, that’s a small chunk of scale knowledge
for you. It’s part of what I call “fretboard
knowledge” – one of the 3 components of guitar
control that I talk about in Killer Guitar Control
Secrets (

And, like I said, it runs really deep, which I
why I recommend using software to help you quickly
discover new and unknown areas of the fretboard.

Keep rocking!

talk soon…


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