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jgsmit

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The scale patterns I found at this website (https://pathfinderguitar.com.au/guitar-blog/the-only-3-scales-you-need-to-be-an-awesome-lead-guitarist) do not match any of the scale patterns shown in the gutiar tricks scale finder for the major scale, the harmonic minor scale, or the pentaton minor scale (with the root note on the fifth string.) How do you know which are correct? Help will be greatly appreciated.You can also email me at jgsmit@netzero.net

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The scale patterns I found at this website (https://pathfinderguitar.com.au/guitar-blog/the-only-3-scales-you-need-to-be-an-awesome-lead-guitarist) do not match any of the scale patterns shown in the gutiar tricks scale finder for the major scale, the harmonic minor scale, or the pentaton minor scale (with the root note on the fifth string.) How do you know which are correct? Help will be greatly appreciated.You can also email me at jgsmit@netzero.net

DraconusJLM

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There are different ways to play the same scale on a guitar, so patterns can vary. A scale pattern is 'correct' if it has the correct notes for whatever scale.

If you learn the notes of any given scale, and the position of notes on the guitar neck, you'll find you can also make up or extend patterns.

As for the claim that you only need three scales to be 'awesome', I'd file that with the videos offering to teach you to 'play like a pro in 30 minutes or less'

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....

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There are different ways to play the same scale on a guitar, so patterns can vary. A scale pattern is 'correct' if it has the correct notes for whatever scale.

If you learn the notes of any given scale, and the position of notes on the guitar neck, you'll find you can also make up or extend patterns.

As for the claim that you only need three scales to be 'awesome', I'd file that with the videos offering to teach you to 'play like a pro in 30 minutes or less'

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: jgsmit

The scale patterns I found at this website (https://pathfinderguitar.com.au/guitar-blog/the-only-3-scales-you-need-to-be-an-awesome-lead-guitarist) do not match any of the scale patterns shown in the gutiar tricks scale finder . . .

You can play the same note in more than one place. And scale patterns on the guitar can be confusing. But if you know what you are looking for you can find the similarities.

Here are the patterns from that site & the matching GT scale finder patterns for diatonic major.

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For harmonic minor.

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For pentatonic minor.

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But even if you know all those patterns, the problem becomes: what do you do with them? How do you make music with them? :)

That's where these lessons will help!

Major scale patterns

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=453

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2643

Minor scale patterns

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=887

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2646

Harmonic minor scale & licks

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=28347

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=973

Pentatonic scale & exercises

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=296

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: jgsmit

The scale patterns I found at this website (https://pathfinderguitar.com.au/guitar-blog/the-only-3-scales-you-need-to-be-an-awesome-lead-guitarist) do not match any of the scale patterns shown in the gutiar tricks scale finder . . .

You can play the same note in more than one place. And scale patterns on the guitar can be confusing. But if you know what you are looking for you can find the similarities.

Here are the patterns from that site & the matching GT scale finder patterns for diatonic major.

uploaded image

For harmonic minor.

uploaded image

For pentatonic minor.

uploaded image

But even if you know all those patterns, the problem becomes: what do you do with them? How do you make music with them? :)

That's where these lessons will help!

Major scale patterns

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=453

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2643

Minor scale patterns

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=887

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2646

Harmonic minor scale & licks

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=28347

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=973

Pentatonic scale & exercises

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=296

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory