Q: I have been playing electric for about 3 1/2 yrs. and I can play along with a lot of stuff but sometimes I find myself using the same scale in the same area on the fret board. In your honest opinion what would be a good scale to learn to vary from scale to scale?
A: When learning a scale, you should learn it in all positions of the neck. In general, there are something like 5 positions for every scale, so it isn’t exceptionally hard. I would start with the pentatonic scale and then the major scale. If you know the major scale, then you know all the modes as they are just a major scale starting on a different note. From their you can branch out as you please to suit your musical tastes. Learning to connect scales vertically is extremely important as it teachs you to get out of the box and gives you total freedom to play the entire neck as you choose.