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Up And Across Scale Patterns

Ian Loft (3442) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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Most of us here understand the importance of scales and the reasons for learning them. It is equally important to become adept at shifting positions all over the fretboard. If you learned the way I did, you would have started out with "in position" scales, or the CAGED system where patterns were used in a range of four or five frets. These patterns all link together to enable transposition up the fretboard in any key.

Before we launch into some more lenghty scales using all the fretboard, have a look at some alternative patterns for practicing scales you should already be familiar with.

Here is a simple C major scale which uses intervals of thirds. This simple pattern can be used no matter what scale or sequence you are practicing and it helps to provide some variety as well as improving co-ordination.
Up And Across Scale Patterns