The most novel and simple way to learn guitar scales

Background

A very warm welcome to my site.

The LP6 guitar scales system is the product of a year's work, and a passionate desire to reduce the complexity of learning guitar scales, and the inordinate length of time to learn a few scales. Help me get the word out to the world's guitar community.

I am an Electrical Engineer with expertise in Numerical Systems. In the past, I have developed novel methods and systems for generating the Walsh Transform on a microchip. That involved a year's work with patterns of ones and zeros, ... a good foundation for creating the LP6 Guitar Scale System.

Music scales are the “alphabet” of the music language. With this alphabet we can learn to “spell” musical “words” such as chords, and “licks”. We can then assemble some of those “words” into “phrases”, … then “sentences”, … and eventually into “stories” which appeal to many. This is possible because,  as in a word based language where we all recognize familiar words and phrases, and are mesmerized by their eloquent use, music components like chords and licks must be “spelled” correctly or they not harmonious. “Words” must be put in the right order, or a musical idea does not fit the melody … and so on. When all is right, the musical “story” can be magical.

Most modern guitar music is written using a 7 note scale called the Diatonic Scale. The Diatonic Major Scale with its familiar sounding “DO-RE-MI-FA-SO-LA-TI-DO”, is used to create and play the majority of guitar music today. This is so, because all  of the Minor Scale and all Mode Scales, as well as the Pentatonic scales are derived from the Major Scale. There are 144 scales you can play, just by knowing the Major scale;   ( [7 Major modes + 5 Pentatonic modes] * 12 keys = 144).

The consecutive notes or tones of the Major Diatonic Scale are separated by a full tone or semi-tone. The separation is usually referred to as an ‘Interval’.  A full-tone is equal to 2 semi-tones. The major scale always has a semi-tone between Degrees 3 & 4, as well as between 7 & 1.

A semi-tone interval is one fret space on the guitar.

Despite the hundreds of years the modern guitar has been around, no one has found an easy way to learn or teach, where all the scale notes (around 72) are found on the fretboard, for a given key …. TILL NOW! 

Combined with the number of different scales and modes, each having 12 keys, learning to play a variety of different music on the guitar requires the knowledge of many scales and is a formidable challenge.

The method here, can be used for other stringed instruments such as bass guitar, double bass, viol, some mandolins and any other instrument tuned in fourths which have fretboards or fingerboards without frets.

Summary

This Guitar Scales System partitions the large problem of learning many scale patterns, into a series of simple steps that can be easily remembered:

  • A single system that works coherently for 144 scales
  • Memorizing 7 small, 6-note Patterns (hence LP6), which are numbered
  • A simple Method for placing “Pattern Numbers” over the entire fretboard
  • A simple method for placing a Pattern at each “Pattern Number” location
  • A very simple method for aligning the notes within the Patterns

The Patterns are numbered in such a way that a set of 12 patterns covering the entire fretboard, has a very simple mathematical relationship between its Pattern numbers ...

Please try this system and tell your friends, ... it changes everything.

Leo Pelletier  P.Eng MB