The BEST Guitar Exercise [feat. ENIGMATIC]

If you want to learn your neck better (and faster), plus quickly learn how to memorize any new or any unique scales that you come across ...and how scales will sit along the fingerboard, then this lesson post is for you...

In this post we'll study how to plot a scale note for note /step by step along one guitar string, (YES, just one string). Doing this is easy if you simply follow a straight-forward 'fret by fret' approach.

Obviously, this is exactly what happens when you’re studying a scale’s layout along one string. In this lesson post I’m going to use a rather unique scale called the, “Enigmatic.”Once we run through the process, you'll be able to apply this principle to any scale.


Music Theory study:
The "Enigmatic" scale - note-layout:

Example #1). Single-String Scale Layout

Once you understand ANY scales note layout on the neck across one guitar string, (and you can retain it in your memory exactly where the notes fall on the fret-board), the next step is to understand how the scale can operate on two guitar strings within two of the guitar fingerboards’ neck regions.

This will be a big break-through moment for you because it will involve taking a portion of the neck layout that you’ve become familiar with (from a single guitar string), and splice a section of the layout up to an adjacent guitar string. Here’s what that ends up looking like…

Example #2). Two-String Scale Layout

After you move a section of the scale you’re working on over to an adjacent guitar string, you can carry on doing this very same process with three strings and have the scale exist within a single fret-board region. 

Example #3). Three-String Scale Layout

The bottom line is once you fully comprehend how a scale can operate along one guitar string, all you need to do is relocate a section of the scale over to another string and piece together how that scale segment will operate in another region of the neck.

And, doing this is not only great for understanding the notes of a scale you’re studying, but it helps you improvise and helps you start to use the scale much faster. 

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