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More Scales…

Mid last week I spent a long time trying to put all the scales together across the fretboard, then spent some time with the metronome to put those scales to heart. I tend to fall back and use only one or two scales when I sit in front of the metronome, so have purposely been using other less familiar scales.

For the time being, I have finally put all this together.
Major Scale
C – Berklee Pattern 3
A – Berklee Pattern 1
G – Berklee Pattern 4
E – Berklee Pattern 2
D – Berklee Pattern 1A

Minor Scale
C – Berklee Pattern 1A (but with 3 roots)
A – Berklee Pattern 3 (but with 1 roots)
G – Berklee Pattern 1 (but with 4 roots)
E – Berklee Pattern 4 (but with 2 roots)
D – Berklee Pattern 2 (but with root on 1st finger 4th string)

So, we see that everything just shifts.

January 17, 2016     0 Comments

Putting Scales Together — Berklee, CAGED, Pentatonic — Major and Minor

I initially learned the CAGED major scales and how those tied to pentatonic scales, then took some classes at Berklee. Berklee teaches scales in a different manner, by pretty much making you know the fretboard without using patterns that fit. I got through that just fine, but when I solo to Blues, I really fall back on the pentatonic scales (based on CAGED) often and needed to rationalize how to move between my Berklee scales and pentatonic scales in both major and minor, so here is what I have come up with. First, the major scales:
Berklee Major Mapped CAGED Pentatonic

This works out great now as now I can just memorize which Berklee scale applies to which pentatonic, and inherently providing root not association, since I already know root note positions with the scale patterns from Berklee studies.
Now, it gets tricky when all this turns minor scale. With CAGED, you could just move up a pattern and that would be minor. Berklee did not teach it so clearly and instead pushed up to flatten 3rd, 6th, and 7th accordingly during modes studies. While this was an educational and challenging exercise, I still wanted a methodology.
So here is the minor scale conversion:
Berklee Minor Mapped CAGED Pentatonic

Analysis shows that if you memorize the Berklee patterns (1, 1A, 2, 3, 4), then CAGED Major patterns would be 3, 1, 4, 2, 1A. So, the C pattern would apply to Berklee pattern 3, the A pattern would apply to Berklee pattern 1, etc. If you want to play Aeolian or minor with the same scales, the Berklee patterns shift one over just like the relevant pentatonic patterns. So, the CAGED minor patterns would become Berklee pattern ordered 1A, 3, 1, 4, 2. The tricky part is that while the patterns change, the roots do not!!

January 14, 2016     0 Comments


Yesterday I broke away from my regular practice regimen, which is focused on rhythm and timing and just doodled and practiced a bunch of different riffs. Mostly blues, but looked at some jazz compositions as well. It’s fun to break away momentarily from the metronome.

January 9, 2016     0 Comments

I Started A Practice Log

I started a music practice plan and log on New Year’s Day as outlined in the book The Inner Game of Music. This came recommended to my from Justin Guitar. The book is a good read, but need to work on a revision with guitar tab.

After about two months with the electronic drums, I decided to try the lessons out at Drumeo. So far I am impressed. Just after two days of about 30 minutes each, I was doing a basic drum line with simple fills. Today I have to work on the play along. That seems a little tougher than everything I have studied so far.

January 3, 2016     0 Comments