F Major Guitar Scale
In the previous two sessions, we played the chords in F Major, in a linear, then fixed configuration. Next, let’s take a look at the scale which houses all of the tones of those chords in zone 1map 1, the F Major guitar scale.
The key/scale of F Major has 1 flat: B♭. When adding flats, the new flat will always be at scale degree 4. B♭ is the 4 in F. For all flat keys forward, B♭ is present.
Scale Pattern 62 • F Major Guitar Scale
6 = string where the lowest root resides. 2 = the finger that starts the pattern, higher on the board. At the nut, we can play the scale in P1, which means the 1 finger starts on the low F. We can also practice – train – this scale in zero position, where we ‘fret’ the nut with the index.
This scale pattern includes octaves 64 & 41. It lines up with the E CAGED form, and Pentatonic frame 2. We will move the pattern in the next session (we always get 12 for 1 for a closed system).
- Train with the scale. Select…
- What key or set of tones? See the Circle of 5ths or Lines of 7. We’ve chosen F Major.
- Use a specific pattern (a limit)? Or, the whole board? We’ve chosen scale pattern 62 based on F.
- In what rhythm?
- The sequence…single or repeated tones, tone order? Pick each once or twice (or more)? Play in a sequence, such as 1-2-3, 2-3-4, 3-4-5, etc.
- Tempo. How fast or slow? At base level we play all scales in 8ths, around 90-100 on the metronome.
- How to pick it? With a pick – alternating, etc. Or, fingerpick…free/rest, i-m or i-a, etc.
- Improvise with the scale. Here’s a jam track in F…find tension tones & resolve them.
Alternates between Part 1 & 2 … Part 1: F B♭ F C … Part 2: Gm Am B♭ B♭
- Consider the chords which can be built from this sonic material [F, Gm, Am, B♭ C, Dm …]. Take another look at the chords in the last session.
3 Tones Per String
Another way to play the F Major guitar scale is 3 tones per string. Run the list above, in as much depth as desired.
The only difference here is adding the lowest tone, e, plus moving the high e to string 2, and adding the high a. This is movable as well.
Since the lowest tone is the 7th degree of the scale, this scale is sometimes referred to as Locrian. See Modes.