Guitar Scale Patterns

Today we are going to have a look at Guitar Scale Patterns. I think these are vital. As said, Scales are the Alphabet here in the world of Music Language. So they are essential. I would say that learning the pattern at first should be mechanical but soon after you should include a bit of brain. It is very important to learn the inner pattern as well. For example Lydian is T 2 3 #4 5 6 7. So add to the pattern of every scale you are learning with its intervals, learn which are the key intervals for each mode and try to make them stand out….

I would do the following:

1. (Pentatonic) First Review my pentatonic patterns and include the intervals in them (T b3 4 5 b7)
2. (7th chord) Then make it a 7th Arpeggio taking the 4th out (T b3 5 b7)
3. (Triad) Then take the b7 out and make it a Triad (T b3 5)
4. (Mode: Dorian) Imagine we want to study Dorian (It´s a minor mode so it fits perfectly over the minor pentatonic) we have to find the 2 missing notes, in this case the M2 and the M6. So I would go back to my pentatonic scale and include those 2 notes. (T 2 b3 4 5 6 b7).


Learning the scales and their patterns may be a boring task at the beginning, but you will soon find out all the things where you can apply that knowledge and what an amazing impact it will have on your improvisation skills and on your ability to create chord progressions and melodies, as well as understanding other musicians approach to the guitar.


Doing these exercises can become one of the best things you can do to get to know the fretboard. Mean what you play when you improvise and know where you are at any time… Try it out guys!!!! Good Funky Stuff

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