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Blues Scale in Five Positions

Description: Printer friendly diagram showing blues scales in 5 positions, a key chart to help you transpose and a list of practice tips.

1. Learn each position by heart before moving on to the next.

2. Use a strict one-finger-per-fret approach with your fretting hand.

3. This means starting positions 2,3 & 5 on your second finger.

4. Accuracy, sound quality, and fluency in practice leads to the ability to play fast.

5. Trying to play the scales too fast leads to frustration.

6. Good scale work is the foundation of spectacular lead guitar skills. Here are two important rules:

1. If you find scales boring practice them until they're not boring any more.

2. If you don't find scales boring, practice them until you do, then follow rule 1.