Amin Kawas wrote:Hi David, thanks for such organized work.
I'm totally a beginner, so excuse me for my question, but don't know anybody that can help me with such questions!
when I read Ascending & Descending I felt lost a bit, but for C Major Pattern (Ascending) we start from 1st string E at 8th fret with 4th finger? and for descending for C Major we start at 3rd fret (A string) ending at 7th fret (1st string) with 3rd finger right?
and why there is a difference between Ascending and Descending on Patterns for the same scale's name?
It looks like you're reading the fretboard maps upside down. Scales start on the lower (bass) strings, so C Major starts on the A String (5th string), 3rd fret (C) and goes up to E string (1st string), 8th fret (also C) and returns by retracing your steps. NB. In the fret maps I've made the lines representing the strings different widths so that people can relate them directly to the strings on the guitar (if that makes sense). Basically, the thickest line is the bass E & the thinnest the treble E.
The fretboard diagrams may appear to be upside down as you're playing your guitar, but there's madness in the method, highest string on the top, lowest on the bottom. (It's the same with tablature.)
As to why ascending differs from descending, there are two basic reasons; the minor scales have different notes when ascending than descending, the 6th & 7th notes are raised going up and return to the key signature when coming back down, so they have to be different; two, the Majors scales where they differ, it's probably because Segovia though it was useful in helping to learn more of the fretboard, in these instances, you can blame Andres.
Hope this is clear, or have I added to the confusion?
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