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42 - Major Scale - Diagonal (3 octaves)
« on: October 24, 2007, 08:41:35 AM »
They say that 42 is the meaning of life, the universe and everything... Well, this lesson may prove to be so!

Playing the major scale diagonally (using two or more connected scale pattern boxes) is how the big boys roll. You can cover 12 or more frets using this approach and it gives you access to 80% of the playable notes on the guitar (there are as many as 28 playable notes in any given major scale on the guitar - a three-octave diagonal gives you access to 22 of them!)

Before diving into this advanced approach to scale playing, please be sure that you have already memorized all of the horizontal (single
string) and vertical (box) scale patterns. If you feel that you are weak in one area or another, simply put this lesson on hold and go work on your weak area(s). Don't worry... This lesson will wait for you!


As our previous scale lessons, I will teach the diagonal in the key of E major, but it can be (and should be) applied to all keys. Remember that the key of E major 4 sharps and is spelled: E F# G# A B C# D# E

First let's draw (I use the scale degree when showing the scale in this
drawing) the diagonal in the key of E major:


 |---|---|---|---|---|---|-5-|---|-6-|---|-7-|-R-|
 |---|---|---|---|-R-|---|-2-|---|-3-|-4-|---|---|
 |---|---|---|-5-|---|-6-|---|-7-|---|---|---|---|
 |---|-R-|---|-2-|---|-3-|-4-|---|---|---|---|---|
 |---|-5-|---|-6-|---|-7-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
R|---|-2-|---|-3-|-4-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|


And, here is the tablature to play this scale:


|--------------------------------------7-8-10-12-|
|-----------------------------5-7-9-10-----------|
|-----------------------4-6-8--------------------|
|---------------2-4-6-7--------------------------|
|---------2-4-6----------------------------------|
|-0-2-4-5----------------------------------------|

|-12-10-8-7--------------------------------------|
|-----------10-9-7-5-----------------------------|
|--------------------8-6-4-----------------------|
|--------------------------7-6-4-2---------------|
|----------------------------------6-4-2---------|
|----------------------------------------5-4-2-0-|


You might find the stretch on the strings with 4 notes to be tough...
You can simply fight through this or try adding a pointer or pinky slide to the routine (I prefer to work on the stretch, because it will help down the road anyway). That said, you might want to think about the slide from time-to-time to add a little blues to your scale work!

As usual, please point out any errors in my lesson and also feel free to post any questions yada.

Hopefully, you are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

« Last Edit: June 19, 2009, 07:20:02 AM by vripley »