Ikea wrote:i have just started to learn classical guitar @ age 71. Would love to learn the pattern approach,I have a copy of the scales but it looks very confusing. Any help would be very much appreciated. Cheers ikea.
The essence is to break down the 24 scales into a series of patterns that can be applied for various scales. So for instance if we take the C Major scale. It starts on the third fret of the 5th String (A):
* The notes that are fretted are C & D with 2nd & 4th fingers, then we move up a string - annotated in my method as 2 4 // (// means change strings).
* You should now be on the 4th string, notes are E, F & G and fretted with 1st, 2nd & 4th, then move up a string - in the method 1 2 4 //.
* 3rd string, notes A, B, C & D, fretted with 1st & 3rd fingers. After playing the first two notes (A & B), the first finger slides up to the 5th fret (C), the third plays the D, then change strings - 1 3 - 1 3 // ( the - means to slide up to the next note).
* 2nd string, notes E, F & G, fretted with 1st, 2nd & 4th & change strings - 1 2 4 //.
* 1st string, notes are A, B & C, fretted with 1, 3 & 4, this is the top of the scale, so after playing the C we start our way back down and fret the B with the 3rd finger and the A with the 1st, we now move back to the 2nd (B) string - 1 3 4 3 1 //
. Hint: keep 1st and 3rd fingers down after playing them, they are then in position for the descent. It's also important for a smooth legato sound.
So on the way up the pattern is 2 4 // 1 2 4 // 1 3 - 1 3 // 1 2 4 // 1 3 4
, on the way down 3 1 // 4 2 1 // 3 1 - 3 1 // 4 2 1 // 4 2
Other scales share this pattern, D, Dflat & Eflat majors, all you have to do is vary your starting position. So to play D major, you again start of the 5th string but at fret 7. For Dflat major you start at the 4th fret & Eflat major at the 6th.
Not sure whether this helps or confuses even further, let me know.
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