Sunday, May 27, 2012

THE WHOLE TONE SCALE

THE WHOLE TONE SCALE, is a scale composed entire of note 2 frets or a "whole tone" apart.

It is contains the following intervals: 1,2,3,#4,#5,#6.

Because all the gaps between the notes in it are the same it doesn't have any modes in the same way other scales do. What ever note of the scale you start on, you get the same series of intervals.

This also means that all the "boxes" for the various positions are the same as well.

I have mapped them al out just to illustrate this.

The free guitar scale diagrams below lay out the scale for you all over the neck, as a  three octave scale and as the three note per string patterns that will link together to let you play it all over the fretboard in any key, although such notions don't hugely apply to the WHOLE TONE SCALE.



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2 comments:

  1. Hey Rob, thanks for all this great information. I'm just starting to learn scales to advance in my guitar playing. I abit confused on the positions I can play at each different scales. For instance the above position 6, do I start on the Root note or I need to play it from left to right? Not only for this whole tone scale but for all the other scales. Could you guide me a
    little here? Thanks

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    1. The different positions let you play the scale, or the notes in that scale anywhere on the neck. It can be a weird concept, and the Whole Tone scale makes it even more confusing because all the positions are the same shape.

      I would suggest reading through this lesson on The Pentatonic Scale and everything should make sense:

      http://robsilverguitars.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/pentatonic-scales-for-guitar-brief.html

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