Scale Mapping System Start
The 7 Major scale patterns system has entered the stream. This is good mind exercise and helps us figure out how the fretboard works, rather quickly.
This is just one approach which covers it all. There are a multitude of scale methods available and I’ve used many of them. This system is my rendition. And, it’s all ultimately all meant to be ‘forgotten’. Our goal is to get lost in sound. The function of a map is to highlight possible points of focus.
This system of patterns can get us functional in all keys quickly, as well. And again, even though we are using patterns, we eventually move beyond the patterns to knowing what tones mean to tones, in specific settings, and to terms of personal musical expression, rather than grids or patterns (we may prefer ‘thinking’ in colors, people, emotions, or moods or images, etc.). Even after playing for 35 years, I still rely on the ‘grid’ when I play in some of the flat keys. No big deal.
There are 7 scale forms. For every key, they go in the same order…54-52-51-64-62-61-41 = C-B♭-A-G-F-E-D with one of them at the nut. This follows same cycle as CAGED chord system, plus 2 more, since the Major scale system is a heptatonic system].
One of them has to be at or near the nut. Once we determine this, the patterns cycle in the same order.
We can think of the lowest version as the heel (bread) or origin. Since there are 7 forms, each of those are their own heel. There are 2 solo heels (A & E), but they can still be moved up. A & E just aren’t an absolute origin for any of the 12 tones, except themselves.