Matching scales on High and Low E-string

major box shape scale on guitar

Something beginner guitarists soon get around to learning is how to play a scale along just one string of a guitar. Usually, beginner guitarists start learning scales by using box shape patterns, like the one shown in the diagram. It's a good way to learn. It builds up co-ordination and gives most of your fingers, if not all, a work out. Box shape patterns are movable. That's a great bonus. But, they can be restrictive. Because sooner or later you are going to want to play more than the just notes of the box shape. You want to expand your playing. We're not saying a box shape scale isn't useful. They are very useful for a whole bunch of reasons. But, there are other ways to play scales. For example using scales that are based near the nut of your guitar and therefore involve lots of open notes.

The lesson we have today shows how to play an E major scale on one string only. Since the thinnest string of your guitar is an e-string (high) and the lowest string of your guitar is an E-string (low) the same scale can be played on either string. Actually, on any other string too, but we're only focusing on an E Major scale starting with an open note here. As a side point did you notice that when referring to your thin E string a lower case E is used 'e', and for the thick string a capital 'E'.

Okay, there's not too much more for us to write except for you to watch the whole lesson. After going through both strings individually the lesson shows how you can play both strings simultaneously. This can both a great warm up exercise and a creative way of adding exotic sounding elements to your guitar playing.

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