I know you will not want to hear this --- I run a few scales, do some chord tones - bass line riffs and in one or two minutes I'm ready.
Originally Posted by time2kill
Course I've been playing over 10 years. Sounds like you need to find a garage band and mix it up with other musicians. If guitar is not fun take up sky diving. No need to beat yourself around the head and face, move on.
However, it's not rocket science. Think of the major scale pattern as just that, a pattern. A pattern that can be moved all over your fretboard. A pattern that can be modified and then used to play other scales, i.e. like the natural minor scale or the melodic or harmonic minor scales. How about some modes - God forbid.
All those other scale shapes, I'm sure you have run into, have not helped you so forget them, this one shape is all you need right now.
Place the R on the E string 8th fret and the C major scale notes await you.
The Major Scale Box Pattern:
E|---7---|--R(8)-|-------|---2---| 1st string on the 6 string guitar
G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string on the 4 string bass guitar
E|-------|---R---|-------|---2---| 6th or bottom string on both guitars.
Place the R on the E string 3rd fret and the G major scale notes await you. Why? What note is on the E string 3rd fret? Yep, it's a G. You take it from there.
Major Scale = R-2-3-4-5-6-7
Natural Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7 Change three notes of the major scale and you have the natural minor scale. Now that is not a step for a stepper. When you see a b3 note that means move that note back toward the nut one fret. If you see a # that means move that note one fret toward the sound hole.
Harmonic Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-b6-7 Start with the major scale box and change two notes.
Melodic Minor Scale = R-2-b3-4-5-6-7 Here you change one note.
Major Pentatonic = R-2-3-5-6 Here you only use 5 of the major scale's notes
Minor Pentatonic = R-b3-4-5-b7 Here you only use 5 of the natural minor pattern notes.
Blues = R-b3-4-b5-5-b7 Here you start with the minor pentatonic and then add the blue note (b5).
Ionian same as the Major Scale.
Lydian use the major scale and sharp the 4 - yes, it’s that simple. Sharp = #
Mixolydian use the major scale and flat the 7. Flat = b or move back one fret.
Aeolian same as the Natural Minor scale.
Dorian use the Natural Minor scale and sharp the b6 back to a natural 6.
Phrygian use the Natural Minor scale and flat the 2.
Locrian use the Natural Minor scale and flat the 2 and the 5.
Learn just one box - the major scale box and then take that one box anywhere you want to. Take it one step at a time this elephant is best eaten one bite at a time. I hope this will let you see the major scale in a new light.
Now that's the whole story. How much of that story do you need right now. Not a lot. The Major scale will let you have melody notes to thousands of songs. Next pattern to use? I'd recommend the major pentatonic scale. It too will let you have melody notes to thousands of songs. When you get those two scale patterns down - we can talk about what lies ahead.