The 12 Major Scale Fingering patterns


Jack Grassel

 Scales are not music, but are a means to improving technique. In 1970, William Leavitt made available a way in which a guitarist could play all 12 keys in one position. This revolutionized guitar technique. Previously, it was thought that there were only 5 or 6 scale patterns which resulted in a lot of cliche playing by guitarists. But this was just the beginning.  Using on this concept, there \\are actually 36 scale patterns in each position.

   Mastery of these can technically put the guitarist on\\the level with a pianist or saxophonist. There are

also 8 additional patterns (see my book Guitar Seeds, pages 21, 22, 23) for moving horizontally on the neck. connecting the other 36 patterns in every key and position. With practice, position playing will disappear and the entire neck will be available to make music.

   There are 12 unique major scale patterns, all in the same position. Without moving your hand, you can play two octaves in each of the 12 keys anyplace on the neck.

 A position is six frets. (George Van Ep's "six finger principle") The first and fourth fingers cover two frets. Second and third fingers remain stationary. Since the first finger is not always in the same place, the number of the position is determined by one fret below the second finger. If the second finger is in the ninth fret, the hand is in the eighth position.

 Start on the root, go as high as you can in a position, go down to lowest note in the position and then end on the root. Practice all twelve patterns in each position being aware of the names of the notes you are playing. This type of movement is referred to as vertical.

Ultimately, there is only one position, the entire guitar neck !



Jack's book "GUITAR SEEDS" contains exercises using these patterns to help you master every area of the guitar neck.


Jack shows how to combine the horizontal and vertical