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Forming Patterns Using Formulas

Jeffrey Workman (122) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

There was time I could not remember the patterns for scales other than the major scale. I came up with this just to help me practice. I also used it to make up exercises using different sequences. Here's how to make 3 note per string patterns:

I     1 2 3 4 5 6 7
II     1 2 3b 4 5 6 7b
III     1 2b 3b 4 5 6b 7b
IV     1 2 3 4# 5 6 7
V     1 2 3 4 5 6 7b
VI     1 2 3b 4 5 6b 7b
VII     1 2b 3b 4 5b 6b 7b

The entire lesson we'll focus on 1,2,3, and 4 of each formula. 1,2,3 are W notes on the fretboard. The number 4 of each formula moves the scale one string up the fretboard. If the number 4 sharp we also move it one string up the fretboard.

The I is 1 2 3. Therefore you write out and play 1W2W3 with no flats or sharps. The 4 has no flats or sharps so you move the IV one string up.

The IV is 1 2 3. You write out 1W2W3 with no flats or sharps. The 4 has a sharp so you move the VII one string up the fretboard and then up the fretboard.

The VII is 1 2b 3b. You write out 1W2h3h because the 2 has a flat and the 3 has a flat. The 4 has no flats or sharps so you move the III one string up.

Notice we're moving along the circle of 4ths because the guitar is tuned that way.

The III is 1 2b 3b. You write out 1W2h3h. The 4 has no sharps or flats, but the B string doesn't follow the circle of fourths. Move the VI string up the fretboard and one fret up the fretboard.

The VI is 1 2 3b. You write out 1W2W3h. The 4 has no sharps or flats so you move the II one string up the fretboard.

The II is 1 2 3b. You write out 1W2W3h. The 4 has no sharps or flats so you move the V one string down the fretboard.

The V is 1 2 3. You write out 1W2W3W. The 4 has no sharps or flats so you move the I one string up the fretboard.

Repeat.

I'll be adding more scales and sequences later.

I
IV
VII
III
VI
II
V
I