Musical Scale Practice

“Musical Scale Practice” by Sarah Spisak

“Knowing that we do not know is the beginning of knowing.”

One of the hidden barriers to progress can be thinking we know more than we do. I remember thinking that I “knew” the pentatonic scale and feeling that there was something else that I needed to know if I wanted to play even simple solos and riffs. If I could go back in time and teach myself, I would share the information that I now show to my own students today.

The first thing we need to know about the scale patterns is the location(s) of the root note. There is a common perception that the root is the lowest note of the pattern, but this is only true of the familiar “Box One” shape, and even this pattern has the root note in three places!

In this lesson from “Rock Guitar Scales Workshop Volume One” we will demonstrate how important it is to emphasize this note when practicing the scale.