For guitar players who are now inclined with playing different scale patterns, here's a trick that will help in understanding the relationships of different scale movements. For example, instead of trying to memorize umpteen scales and not knowing how each scale is related, you'll only be picturing one scale movement that replaces all other scale patterns.
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Notes are found on each fret and the most important of which are those on the 5th and 6th strings; these notes act as our guides in starting our scale movements. The A major scale (and minor scale) will require that the guitar player start his scale pattern on the 5th fret and this is true for all the other scale movements. Transposition is the first most important tip that a guitarist MUST remember.
If I am to play the F major scale, do I need to memorize an entirely different scale aside from A? Some beginners do. But with the guide notes in mind, some guitarists tend not to. You see, the A major scale (and minor scale) is actually a movable pattern. The only difference would be, for the A scale your first note for the corresponding scale pattern would be the one on the 6th string - 5th fret while for the F scale you are required to adjust and transpose everything using the 1st fret of the 6th string as the root note.
Try playing the exact same pattern in F as you would on the A scale and you get a transposed scale without memorizing new dots on your scale chart. Try doing this with your minor scale as well, and always remember that this technique applies all throughout the guitar neck.
A beginner guitar lesson must provide valuable tips. One such tip is learning about relative major minor scales. Always keep in mind that the minor scale has the same notes as that of the major scale BUT with different guide notes. Therefore, playing a G major scale on a G chord pattern will sound just as lovely as when an E minor scale is played on it. That is because the G major scale is directly equivalent to the E minor scale and the only difference would be their namesake and the positioning of the fingers, where each guide note is located.
Another example is the D major scale and the B minor scale. They are identical as well. Here are a few more related scales: C major and A minor, A major and F # minor and the F major scale and the D minor scale.
Here's where the revelation of 1 scale replaces all the other scales comes true. The plethora of relative chords follows one exact pattern: F # - G - G # - A and B - C - C # - D. If you want to get the F # minor scale just count 4 frets up and do the major scale there, which in this case would be the A major scale. The same goes for B where the B minor scale is actually the D major scale!
Even the best guitarists of the world have relied on simple tricks such as these and even underwent beginner guitar lessons as well. And for a more advanced approach to guitar playing, some of them spiced this trend up a bit by adding applicable pentatonic riffs to produce their unique blend of flavorful and unforgettable melodies.
Rockdom's guitar legends are best known for their mastery in mixing varied scales. Try it and you'll hear how a bit of knowledge can improve your sound and technique.