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Learning to play the scale in three positions helps us start to see how the scale looks throughout neck. I feel that in order to learn any scale and be truly free with it we must be able to see it throughout the neck of the guitar. I always think of it as imagining the fretboard light up with all the notes of that one scale. This is what musician’s mean by key centres and playing within keys.

When we approach practicing with a system in place it will give us a logical step by step progression into really understanding the information that in front of us.

I see so many students make the mistake of learning a scale but only in one position. Its just gives us such a limited view and there is no possible way to see how the scale can help benefit our understanding of music.

Learning the scale throughout the neck will help us identify key centres when learning songs and bass lines. It also helps with our knowledge of note recognition on the fretboard. As you work through the exercises given, it is very important to constantly be reminding yourself of the note names as well as the intervals.

Understanding the intervals will help when it comes to creating bass lines. When we learn bass lines we should be constantly analysing how the notes function in between the harmony. When you have the ability to do this it opens up every song that you learn and how to learn from all music.


In this Lesson we are expanding our knowledge incrementally by moving the three positions to all the C notes throughout the neck.

I have taken the exercise to the 17th fret, if you have more frets make sure you learn all the way to the instruments highest point. A great way to think about this is that everything from the 1st fret to the 12th fret is the same as everything from the 13th fret to the 24th fret. This means that fret 1 on the E string is the note F and fret 13 on the E string is the note F.


Here is a Diagram

Note recognition

*Try the note recognition course to improve you knowledge.

With these exercises try to move between positions smoothly. If you think of each three positions as a block make sure to really know each block inside out before moving on.

Make sure to stick to the fingering provided, this will benefit you so much more in the long term. It also helps you memorise the positions when you think of each finger you lead with.

You will notice that “Open Position” changes fingerings when you don’t have the option of open strings. Although it changes slightly it is still a set fingering.

Take your time and get to know each position before trying to play it with the backing track.

Spend at least a full week or more if need be to memorise each position and fingering. When you take the time to properly learn these exercises you will have better start to see smooth shifts and logical fingerings to everything else you play.


Please note that there is no fast track way to learn scales properly. It takes years of hard work and dedication to really make the most out of scales. The method I am teaching you is by far one of the best ways to learn and will fast track a lot of the mindless searching I did for years when learning this information.



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