Can't Play Scales Along the Neck? Just Do This!!

Are you after instant gains over your guitar neck and scales but you have tried every scale exercise without seeing the results that you have been aiming for? Then you need to watch this video... 

In this lesson, I’m going to show you the best ideas for improving lateral movement along the neck. In fact, when you see and feel how to perform these ideas, you’re going to start getting much longer and flowing guitar lines.

This will be extremely helpful, if you've ever felt ineffective when playing further along your neck. After this lesson those days will soon be over.


In this lesson I want to show you guys how to get instant scale gains by moving further unique phrases along your guitar neck.

I’ve met so many players over the years who have learned scales in a position, but they still say that they can’t make music with them very easily.

While being locked into a position can be good for neck awareness, it isn’t always the best thing for creating music.

When it comes to heading further along the neck and making the range of the scale even wider across the span of the fret-board, there are more ways that you can practice. 

The process is great because it increases the lateral efficiency of what you’re doing, (while still working with simple enough shapes that they’ll allow you to have an ease of creating melody).

In this lesson, we’re going to begin with a pattern from the Minor scale and I’ll teach you how to start linking the shapes, for helping to move a lot more distance along the neck and establish greater gains along the fret-board for a bigger more melodic sound…

The first pattern that we’re going to run through is based off of the 5th string at the 5th fret. It’s a pattern of a “D Nat. Minor” scale. The shape covers a range of 7 frets between the 5th string to the 3rd string, and it looks like this…

Minor Scale Gains Shape:

This pattern offers a very lateral stretched out shape along the neck that uses minimal strings. The fret-span promotes unique fingerings as well as, the use of, slides plus other options for phrasing devices.

I wrote a melodic example that you can learn at home from this neck pattern. It demonstrates the phrasing options that can come from applying this type of an approach.

Minor Melodic Example:

Putting this Minor shape to use over a Jamtrack and working toward making up some melodic ideas is going to be the next order of business.

So, break out your looper pedal, or visit the web-site “," and lay down a backing track for practicing this scale pattern in the key of "D Minor."

The faster you get to work on creating melody from these shapes - the better. In the video, at  [03:55]  I demonstrate the use of this pattern over a basic key of “D Minor” Jamtrack.

With such a large span to these lateral scale ideas they end up offering us a lot of really great ways to play licks and lines that can cover a lot more ground than the basic in position scales.

Our next shape will be a Major pattern that covers a very large range across the neck. This pattern spans from the 4th-fret to the 10th and it uses all six guitar strings, built from the notes of the, “D Major” key signature.

Major Scale Gains Shape: 

As you could tell form this shape (above), and the previous Minor key melody idea (that I played prior), this approach that we’re using here is absolutely great for setting us up with unique sound options from these stretched out patterns and these unorthodox note groupings.

In fact, these patterns can almost immediately generate interesting melodic ideas from the very first time they get played.

The other option we have with these shapes is that we can phrase using any note as our focal tone.

Getting Modal:
If you enjoy the sound of modal ideas in your guitar playing, modal options (from these scale patterns), is an excellent approach to take under your finger tips.

This is especially true if you’re still getting used to using Modes, or even if you’re trying Modes for the first time!

So, here’s a guitar lick that uses the key of “D Major” layout we just studied. But, we’re going to resolve into the note of “A” and generate the sound of “A Mixolydian.”

Mixolydian Melodic Example:

Well, now it’s that time once again to break out your looper pedal, or visit the web-site “," and lay down a backing track for practicing this key of “D” scale pattern.

In the video, at  [07:14]  I have some fun off of that Modal root of “A Mixolydian” and I demonstrate the use of this pattern over an  “A" Mixolydian Jam-track.

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