Building the Better Guitar Scale

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The existing curriculum on guitar scales is inadequate for teaching guitarists the skills they really need. What is needed is a clear and simple method of learning one scale in all positions, and of learning all scales in one position. Guitarists need to be able to call up any scale to their fingertips instantaneously regardless of key, mode, string, or position and they need to be able to do so without memorizing hundreds of pages of diagrams. Fortunately, this is not only possible, but it is also incredibly simple. This booklet will teach you how.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 11 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046LV8QE
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Customer Reviews

A rational explanation of the fingerboard in terms of the major scale

19 people found this helpful.
 on 31 May 2011
By Paul Bowes
‘Building the Better Guitar Scale’ aims to teach the guitar student a clear, progressive method for constructing playable scale patterns for the diatonic major and minor scales and their modes. It does this by identifying simple repeating sub-patterns based on three-notes-per-string fingerings and adding a couple of simple rules for their combination. Once this material is mastered, the student is enabled to play the major scale beginning on any string and degree, and by extension the relative natural minor scale and the modes of the major scale.

New tricks to memorise scales.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 12 October 2011
By Mr. Jens J. Hucke
I had not come accross this concept before and found it very original and handy. At less than a pound, it was a great buy.

Excelllent little book on guitar scales

One person found this helpful.
 on 8 February 2013
By Bernadette B.
This booklet is everything it claims to be. It is very clearly laid out and explained and the whole concept of it is brilliant. It teaches how to work out scales for yourself using three simple patterns. These patterns are contained in all books on scales; what is so clever here is how the author has demonstrated how the patterns relate to each other; this enables you to play the scales anywhere on the neck without learning them as separate entities. He explains it far better than I can do justice to. Buy the book, it would be worth paying a lot more money for than the 20p Kindle ask for it.

see the patterns!

One person found this helpful.
 on 31 January 2012
By Rocking Rick
What an interesting book. illustrates the patterns of guitar scales on the neck to make them easy to understand. There have been many books and concepts that address this complicated issue, and this complements others. It doesn’t teach how to apply the scales, but it gives an exceptionally (and innovative) clear way to view the major scale and its modes on the neck. to mix metaphors, it’s part of a picture, and not the whole story, but it’s a useful short cut.

A neat solution to a single problem

 on 30 July 2013
By captain numpty
This book neatly packages up a simple method of learning your way around the fretboard. I found it useful as it put together some ideas I had already had but did not link together. This book solved that.

amazingly simple technique – moved my guitar playing on enormously

One person found this helpful.
 on 26 May 2014
By steve everton
Have played guitar for 30 years

Great stuff

 on 13 September 2013
By Ian W
This is a simple, easy to learn formula which opens up the neck for improvisation in modes and scales. Given the size of the book I didn’t hold out much hope for this being the “see results in fifteen minutes” it sort of sells itself as, but this really does do exactly that. A great, simple and extremely effective way of addressing the guitar neck. Well worth the money.

Compulsory reading for all guitarists.

 on 7 August 2013
By Vittorio
OK perhaps not compulsory, but I’ve been playing for years and have never thought of, or come across this system before.

Fantastic and mysterious

 on 23 March 2016
By a.k.
Such a remarkable book. It’s like stumbling into a secret club. I’ve looked for other resources that mention the system in this book but no one else does it in this exact manner. Amazing. Truly amazing. I learnt the shapes in about a week.

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