Scales on one String

Anyone who has been exposed to Western music will be able to pick out the notes of the major scale by ear.

I suggest that this is a good starting point for guitar students for several reasons:

  • It reveals to them how much the basic language of music is already in their mind's ear.
  • They can immediately start creating tunes (I would suggest to disregard fingering concepts at this stage... let them use the 1st finger only). Once the desire to play melodies is developed, then the value of fingered scales is self apparent.
  • They start by concentrating on the melodic line, and it has been my experience that most guitarists are weak in appreciation of melodic intervals and melodic expression generally.
  • Having gained familiarity with the major scale on one string, it is then an easy conceptual leap to the basic arpeggio: Doh - Mi - Soh - DOH - Soh - Mi - Doh.

Notes for Teachers.

  • Start on the open strings - E A D G B E - rather than the closed string keys - C F Bb Eb etc - because the fundamental interval of ONE OCTAVE can be easily appreciated.
  • There is also no effort involved when going back to the root note.
  • Also - the student can use the open string sound as a reference for good tone production.


G major scale on one string

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Playing scales on one string is the quickest way to develop your melody playing and expression on the guitar. You will also learn to change positions on the guitar confidently and musically.

Who are you learning from?

Peter Inglis has a 40 career spanning the dance hall, to the recording studio and ultimately the concert stage.

He has performed all styles from rock to pop, jazz to classical and now shares his experience via publications and coaching with guitarists who wants the fast track to competence.

What will you learn?

The methods used by professional musicians to refine their craft and perform.

Every concept and technique in the book has been tested in live performance over a 40 year career of professional guitar playing, in styles of music ranging from rock to classical and everything in between

Who is it for?

All styles of player from country to classical, from baroque to rock.

All skill levels:

  • Amateur guitarists who want to play better and perform.
  • Teachers who want a focussed and thorough resources for their students.
  • Professional guitarists who want to reassess their own development.
  • This book is suitable for electric and acoustic guitar.

Guitar Playing and how it Works, 5th edition
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