Guitar scales are most often used when playing lead guitar or creating melodic riffs. Some scale charts are written to describe what fingers would be the most suitable for playing the proper notes. Scale patterns written in this way can be placed/started on any fret. The fret that they are played on determines the key that the guitarist is playing in. Others charts are written in guitar tablature, so only the proper frets are indicated (not the fingerings). These charts represent notes arranged for a specific key. The final page of the outline listed below describes where specific notes lie on the guitar neck. Knowledge of the location of notes on the guitar neck is pertinent, in order for a player to be able to take full advantage of any scales that they might learn. Don’t forget, placing accents and using different techniques related to phrasing can greatly enhance a player’s sound.
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