|Lahav's Guitar Scales
The method suggests Exercises and Scales.
The Exercises will help to assimilate the principles of practicing and playing scales
It is most recommending to keep on practicing those exercises as you progress playing the scales.
The Minor scales edited only as Natural-Minor Scales, this way the ascending fingering will serve
All the scales in this method have been edited, as archetype patterns therefore should be played from other notes along the guitar's neck. You may find the Tab most useful for transpose and duplicate scales locations. Play each scale ascending and descending
As a main concept, don't stretch or strain the left-hand's fingers to reach a farther fret!
Instead, move the whole palm to a better location [A position I call: perfect balance] where
you will feel most comfortable pressing without involving lots of muscles and strains.
The Latin letters that indicate the left hand positions are applying to finger No. 1's location.
It is most recommended to progress this method, step by step, mastering the scales by heart and go back from time to time as you are diversify left hand fingering and patterns of rhythms.
I. Pre-exercises for scales along a single string are the main page for obtaining the right principles of moving from one note to another! It is most important page to work on, see the associated notes for each exercise.
II. Scales along a single string
on Page No. 2 is the key for the whole Guitar Scales suggested on this
method! Learn it by-heart. Then practice them both ways ascending and descending.
Later on practicing each of them on other strings as well [Basses and Sopranos]
III. Cross-Vertical scales are basic scales that crossing the guitar's strings in a vertical line.
Mastering this part will enable you to play each scale from every pitch.
IV. Scales from the Basses is the main part of the method! Here you will learn how to play scales from
each and every bass string. As you control a scale, you may select another pitch - on the same string -
and play it the same fingering, and so on…
V. Exceptions are scales that can't use the same fingers' patterns as indicated in chapter IV.
VI. Harmonic & Melodic Minor. Two examples that demonstrate expand minor scale practicing.
VII. Modes can be described as scales you play from the "White" keys on keyboards, along the white
keys - only, those scales will exposed you to old scales flavor.
VII. Pentatonic Scales are scales are scales that have five tones to the octave.
Those scales are common in China and the east counties like Japan and Vietnam, Tibet Cambodia etc…
Here given as five-modes, meaning from five Root's-tones. Practice the scales ascending and descending.
VIII. Maqam at as plural and Maqam as singular. Eastern Arabic scales are using quarter's tones as Arab
music developed around the Ud, which is a 6 courses fretless stringed instrument.
Playing those two examples will give you a glance to a wonderful new bound of music.
Right Hand's patterns for practicing: im, ma, ia, ami, mia, iam. Combining p: pami, pmia, piam, apmi, ampi,
amip, pmpi, papi, pmpa, papmpi. You may find it complicated and confusing, in this case repeat the first
4 to 8 notes on and on, cyclically - gradually add notes… until you master the new pattern over the whole scale.
Schemes of rhythms patterns are given in the full method.
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