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  • Welcome to Scales on a Guitar dot com!

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    At Scales on a guitar we are dedicated to providing the information and products you need to master guitar scales.

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    Learn scales faster so you can rock harder.

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    The Fretboard Notemap is the perfect sticker set for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced players who never learned the notes on the fretboard.

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  • Choose from a variety of scales!

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    The A major scale is perfect for beginners as well as songwriters searching for new chord patterns or the perfect melodic hook!

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    All of our most popular scales are available for the standard sized 4 string bass guitar.

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Welcome to Scales On a Guitar

Scales on a guitar is the website dedicated to helping you learn guitar scales.

Choose from a variety of sticker sets designed to help you learn guitar scales as quickly and easily as possible.

 

Guitar Notes

In order to learn guitar scales you must first know the names of the notes of the guitar.  This is an annoyance,

but it is something that every guitar player must eventually do.

 

The fingerboard of the guitar and the names of the notes of the guitar are not so mysterious, once you learn to recognize the

patterns.  Essentially, the notes move upward, in alphabetical order, from the head toward the body, until you arrive at G, then

they start over again with the letter A.

 

Easy enough, right?  Not so fast.  There are a couple of wrinkles in this otherwise straight forward pattern.  For example,

some of the letter notes or 'naturals' as they are sometimes called, have other notes in between them called 'sharps' or

'flats.'  For example, the notes named 'A' and 'B' have a note in between them called 'A sharp/B flat.'  'Sharp' just means 'one

half step higher', and 'flat' just means 'one half step lower.'  A half step is just one fret.  Thus the note 'A sharp' is one fret

higher than the 'A' note.

 

All the notes in ascending 'chromatic' order (From lowest to highest) starting from A, look like this:

 

A
A sharp/B flat
B
C
C sharp / D flat
D
D sharp / E flat
E
F
F sharp / G flat
G
G sharp / A flat

And repeat.

Notice that they are in alphabetical order, but some (not all) notes have sharps and flats between them.

 

Once you know this information, all you need to know in order to figure out every note of the fretboard is the names of the

open string notes.  The string that is closest to your mouth when you play is called the low E string.  It is called the low E

string because it is the lowest string and because the note that you play when you play it is an 'E.'  Below are the names of

each of the strings:

 

E – the low E string, also known as the 6th string
A – 5th
D – 4th
G – 3rd
B – 2nd
E – 1st

To have all of this information really sink in, study the two pictures below. One image is that of a guitar, which has the names of the notes printed on stickers placed on the frets. The other is simply a helpful diagram. Read over the information, above, and compare it with what you see in the pictures, below, until it all starts to make sense. If you like, you can purchase stickers similar to those show in the image below from Fret Daddy here. Fret daddy manufacturer removable fret stickers for guitar and bass. Stickers can be an amazing tool for learning guitar.


Notes of the Guitar - Diagram:



Why Use Stickers to Learn Guitar Scales?

There are a number of benefits to using guitar stickers to learn scales for guitar and other musical concepts.

 

1. Visualize musical patterns with greater ease - One of the most important aspects of applied musical theory is being able

to understand musical patterns and, in the case of guitar, being able to visually recognize such patterns with relation to the

guitar fretboard.

 

Guitar fretboard stickers allow the student to readily observe musical patterns such as guitar scales and to learn the guitar notes

and other musical patterns with greatly reduced mental effort. While it is of course important to eventually memorize the scales

of the guitar without the help of stickers, guitar stickers are extremely helpful in initially helping students to become

acquainted with the fretboard patterns to be learned.
 

2. Focus on technique rather than locating note positions - One common difficulty encountered by the beginning guitar

student is the problem of trying to focus on a number of things at once. Students must hold the plectrum (pick) correctly,

strum notes or chords, think about the musical patterns being played, and articulate notes with (in most cases) the left hand,

and all of these things must be done simultaneously. By using guitar stickers the student can free up one's mental efforts to

focus on other aspects of learning until those aspects can be mastered (such as learning guitar scales). While it is of course

important to eventually memorize the fretboard patterns or scales being learned without the help of guitar stickers, the temporary

use of stickers with note indicia, can be extremely beneficial during the most critical learning stages - allowing to visually see the

scales on the guitar itself.


3. Form new chords with great ease - While the beginning student typically focuses on learning chords within the first three

to five frets of the fingerboard, the intermediate and advanced player must learn to form chords across the entire span of the

fingerboard. Guitar stickers with note indicia, allow students to recognize obscure patterns, enabling the student to form a

more robust understanding of the fingerboard and chord vocabulary.

 
4. Translate knowledge about one instrument to the guitar - Very often musicians who are fully competent with one
 
instrument - say, for example, the piano - attempt to learn the guitar, but find the ever elusive guitar fingerboard less than
 
obvious to navigate. The names of the notes of the guitar are the same as the names of the notes for other instruments.  So
 
for one who already understands musical theory, learning the notes of the guitar using stickers can be incredibly useful.

 

5. Put all of the pieces together - With guitar fretboard / fingerboard stickers as a visual tool, the task of putting all of the

pieces together, from musical theory, to strumming, to articulation, to phrasing and pattern recognition, happens at a much

quicker rate. While putting stickers on your guitar will not, in and of itself, turn you into a rock God, it certainly will help you

move in the right direction.
 


6. Explore new phrases and patterns during songwriting - Intermediate and advanced guitar players may wish to use guitar

stickers for song writing, since they help one to immediately recognize chords and patterns within a designated key. 

 

7. Learn the fingerboard and guitar notes more quickly and effectively - Using fingerboard stickers is the fastest and

easiest way to quickly identify the notes of the guitar and other patterns of the guitar fingerboard. Simply apply the appropriate

stickers to the fingerboard of your guitar, and you will instantly have the information you need to learn in front of you. 

 

 


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