## How to read the diagrams

### Standard Notation

Many of you that have some experience in reading music will note that the manner in which I have written out the standard notation of these scales does not conform to Western music rules. This is two-fold in reason; one - I am not schooled other than by reading magazines and did not know any better (forgive me) and two - the scales depicted are not all found within Western music and so must be shown in a 'different' manner to keep you on your toes and thinking about that fact. (OK, # two is an excuse, but I need to be a little entertaining while I try and hold you off to give myself time to go back and fix them all.) Anyway, those of you that know how to read music do not need to be shown how to read the standard notation.

### Tablature

Tablature is a simplified method of displaying music for stringed and fretted instruments. Each line is meant to represent a string and the numbers found on those lines are to represent the fret where you place your finger to sound the note. I tried to maintain some consistancy here within my diagrams, so the Tablature shows the strings of the guitar with the highest or topmost line representing the highest sounding string or high E. Looking at a line of Tablature here, the lines are equal to the strings in this order (top to bottom) - E B G D A E.

### Fretboard Diagrams

The fretboard diagrams are designed to compliment both the standard notation and the tablature by providing a visual cue for creating patterns from the scales. I continued the idea found in the tablature of having each line represent a string and drew out the frets as lines going across the strings. From top to bottom of a fretboard diagram, the string order is E B G D A E. The circles that are not colored in are the root or starting note of the scale. As you can see, the strings are shown as continuing beyond the initial and last fret drawn, this is meant to show that the patterns shown are not static patterns. Begin the pattern on any fret and you have the scale starting on whatever note the open circles land on.

### Table Method

The table method of displaying a scale was something that I came up with in order to make it easy to compare any given scale to a major scale. The advantage of this is to be able to quickly see whether or not the scale has major or minor intervals within it and what chords can then accompany it. I will eventually be expanding this concept to show chord possibilities for each scale, but that will be some time in the future as those of you that regularly visit this site know too well already.

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