One of the most beneficial ways to learn scales on the guitar is to break them down and work them out using the common “box patterns” for each scale.
This system is a solid way to organize the neck and get any scale under your fingers when first exploring these melodic devices on the fretboard. But while they can be very helpful when first learning scales on the guitar, there comes a time when most guitarists yearn to break out of these box patterns and play across the neck with a more open and free approach to scale fingerings. This exercise takes you though each string on the guitar, using the A minor pentatonic scale. We are using both alternate picking and hammer-ons and pull-offs though this.
Also working though these in groupings of two strings is also extremely helpful to break out of the boxes even further. When it comes time to break out of the common box patterns for any scale you’ve learned on the guitar, playing scales on one string is a fun and engaging way to open up your neck, learn the notes of any key you’re in and take your soloing skills to the next level at the same time. This is a great way to introduce new ideas to your solos, and help you build your soloing vocabulary.
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