Symmetrical ScalesEasy to Learn Mentally

Symmetrical scales are fairly easy to learn in your head but not always that easy to play. They usually require you to shift positions to reach all the notes

Learning them will help you learn the guitar neck better and get you changing positions

This movement makes remembering a pattern harder than it has been for the other scales

Chromatic Scale

This scale is 12 notes long and contains every note in one octave

This scale doesn’t come from any other scale like the pentatonic scales come from the major scale it’s just all the notes in an octave.

It usually doesn’t get played using all 12 notes but 5 or 6 notes is common. Paul McCartney uses this scale in quite a few of his song

It gives you a way different way to get from point A to point B or G to C you would use the notes G♯ A A♯ B then C.

The timing can vary. You can also use single notes full chords or part of a chord. Experiment with a G to C chord change and see if you can fit the notes or chords in there

Here is a page with a little more detail.

Chromatic Scale

Whole Tone Scale

This scale is made up of all whole tones or steps, two frets for the guitar.

It’s actually half of the chromatic scale above, only 6 notes long.

Here is a page with a little more detail.

Whole Tone Scale

Diminished Scales

The diminished scale is a combination of the chromatic scale and the whole tone scale.

This scale goes whole tone half tone or two frets then one fret.

It’s good for improvising over altered dominant chords and has some other uses.

Diminished Scale

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