Who is the KING OF SCALES ?

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  1. cool_is_rule

    cool_is_rule Lead Guitarist

    Some one posted the following msg.......
    I wud request him to post some more exercises like that .........

    King Of Scales - The Pentatonic

    The guitar makes learning scales easy! To most players, a scale is
    just a memorized fingering pattern. Sure, the pattern contains notes, and
    the notes have names, but its still just a pattern. I will use the term
    'pattern' to refer to a set of places (frets) on the guitar neck where you
    will find the notes in a scale.

    Here is a pentatonic pattern:

    E ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|-----|--O--|-----|
    B ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|-----|--O--|-----|
    G ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|--O--|-----|-----|
    D ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|--O--|-----|-----|
    A ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|--O--|-----|-----|
    E ||-----|-----|--O--|-----|-----|--O--|-----|

    The picture shows a 'top view' of a right handed neck. The horizontal
    lines are strings and the vertical lines are frets. The letters to the left
    side of the 'neck' are the string names (and tunings).

    The O's are the places to play. We will soon see that this pattern is
    one of many ways to play a pentatonic scale. Remember we are really talking
    about patterns *NOT* scales.

    Another look at the pattern:

    E ||-----|-----|--1--|-----|-----|--2--|-----|
    B ||-----|-----|--4--|-----|-----|--5--|-----|
    G ||-----|-----|--2--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|
    D ||-----|-----|--5--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|
    A ||-----|-----|--3--|-----|--4--|-----|-----|
    E ||-----|-----|--1--|-----|-----|--2--|-----|

    The numbers represent each unique note in the pattern. If we start
    on the bottom string and play from left to right, we will be playing the notes
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2). There are only 5 unique notes! No duh?
    Thats why it's called a PENTA(meaning 5) TONIC(meaning note or tone) pattern.

    Now what? Well, as most experienced players will tell you, this is
    the pattern to learn. Although there are *MANY* ways to memorize the notes
    in a pentatonic scale, this is the most common way to do it.

    I will leave you with the following exercises in TAB to help you get
    familiar with the given pentatonic pattern. Next week, we will take a look
    at ocatves and more pentatonic fingerings. In a couple of weeks we will give
    the pattern a good work-out by having a technique/lick lesson.

    exercise: (playing the pentatonic scale at the 5th fret)


    exercise: (play '3 notes down' then 'back up')


    exercise: (skipping strings)


    cOoL iS :rule:
  2. cool_is_rule

    cool_is_rule Lead Guitarist

    No one replies ????????????


    cOoL iS :rule:
  3. golisoda

    golisoda Comfortably Numb

    @cool... Good lesson...

    I found that the pattern if played at 5th fret is Am pentatonic scale. And if you move the whole pattern 3 frets up to the 2nd fret (by this I mean move towards the open string end) it becomes a A major pentatonic scale. Here we got both major and minor scales with a single pattern but with change in fret position. I hope I am not wrong with my interpretation...
  4. Liquid

    Liquid New Member

    yea i hope ur not wrong either...lol...

    thanks man...ill surely try this out
  5. cool_is_rule

    cool_is_rule Lead Guitarist


    Ok .....
    If u know more scales plz tell me.........

    cOoL iS :rule:
  6. JAZZ

    JAZZ New Member

  7. nadish

    nadish Active Member

    ughhhhh My God.... Guitar is too hard to play
  8. xulfi

    xulfi New Member

    sorry im not that good i didnt got it :(

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