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Scale Patterns for Guitar: 134 Melodic Sequences for Mastering the Guitar Fretboard (Playing Guitar Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082V2W91Q
- Publisher : Forrest W. Lineberry; 1st edition (December 16, 2019)
- Publication date : December 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 94216 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #802,881 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's not that.
Its a C major scale starting on the 3rd fret 5th string or 8th fret 6th string. It's over 130 different ways to play the same notes. It's all in the same fret box. I understand I can just move the patterns up and down the scale to change the key. It looks like an algorithm came up with these patterns. *spoilers* Pattern 77 is a normal C major scale that's started on the 8 fret and then dropped down two frets for some reason.
I will concede that this is a great book for working on dexterity. It has some very unusual note combinations that are certainly challenging. For example, 10th fret from 5 to 4 strings using just the pinky in 16th notes. That transition is in the book often.
It feels like maybe these patterns were just adapted from a piano book. I don't know.
2 stars because this book could be a good tool if you really want to get down some dexterity on basic scale manipulation.
I have read other reviewers who expected something else from this book, so I will describe what it is "in a nutshell".
What it is:
The book takes your standard MAJOR scales and breaks the notes into three to seven note patterns, which you then play up and down the scale. It is not a book written to help you learn new scales, but written to help you practice your basic scales and develop your ear for how the scale can be turned into melodies. I find it essential as a late beginner/very early intermediate level guitar player.
It uses the C major scale, focusing on the scale built off of the C notes found on the 6th and 5th string. So, C(5th string, 3rd fret) and C(6th string, 8th fret). The C(6th string, 8 fret) is used to create two scales, one using that note with the second finger, so C and D played on the 6th string, and one using that note with the fourth finger, so C played on 6th string and D played on 5th string.
There are 134 patterns to practice. They appear to be evenly divided between the three scales positions noted above. To give you an example of what I tried to describe, I give more detail about Pattern 121.
On the left page, there is a template of the pattern next to a fret diagram of the scale position. The scale position is C on 6th string, 8th fret with C on the second finger, so D is played on 6th string/10 fret; E (5th/7th), F(5th/8th), G(5th/10th), A(4th/7th), B(4th/9th), C(4th/10th). The pattern is 1,3,5,7,2,4,6,8; so C,E, G,B,D,F,A,C.
On the right page, there is an exercise using the pattern, starting with the original pattern, then using the pattern starting on E, then on G, then on B. After that, the pattern descends, starting on high C, then A, then F, then D. (Please notice that all music notes played are diatonic to the C scale, so you are in fact playing a phrygian scale when playing the pattern commencing on the E, a mixolydian scale when starting with G, etc.)
That is one of the more elaborate patterns. For instance, Pattern 111 is just a four-note pattern using the C(5th/3rd) scale. That pattern is C,E,F,D (1,3,4,2). As before, the pattern is played ascending the scale on C, then E, then G, then B; descending on high C, then A, then F, then D.
The value of the book, which is great for me, is not in learning new scales BUT in practicing the basic scales to get them 'into your fingers'. Rather than tediously playing up and down a scale over and over, this book lets you play melodic patterns so practicing scales has a musical element to it. Not all patterns are interesting, but an occasional pattern will catch me and I will spend extra time on it and play it using the other two scales used in the book. Not only is the book good for practicing scales but it helps you see how scales translate into melodies and you just might find yourself creating little songs as you practice some of the patterns.
The book is extremely well produced. It pages are clearly laid out and the information professionally presented. HOWEVER, it is a 270 some page book with a glued binding. IT WILL NEVER STAY OPEN ON A MUSIC STAND.
This is my continual pet peeve. I often buy 40 year old copies of some classic guitar training books because often you can find the same book with a spiral binding from the 1970s, whereas it will be in standard binding in the "up-to-date" edition. For some reason, music publishers in the 1960s and 1970s cared more about customer service and so reasonably put spiral binding on books which were too large to stay open on a music stand in standard binding. Today, no music publisher does that. (Well, I suppose some do. But very few).
With that out of the way, I will say that I did not use this book for the first two months after buying it because it just kept falling off of the music stand because it is too big and the clip on my music stand was too weak to hold it in place. I even cracked the spine, something I hate to do with a book, hoping that would help but it did not. Finally, I broke down and took it to Kinko-type printer store nearby and paid $6 to have it put in a spiral binding. I have used it most days since then.
So, if you intend to buy it, and I do highly recommend doing so if you are still working on getting up to speed on standard MAJOR scales; you will likely have to pay to have it rebound or do it yourself, so keep that in mind when deciding.