Soloing techniques basics

Options for illustrating scales statically

 

Introduction

North

South

West

East

 

Introduction

 

Basically, there are two ways to plot music:

  • dynamically,

  • or statically.

Typical means of plotting music dynamically are sheet music and guitar tab; these show the progress in music. Here's an example:

 

Source: flamenco guitar school of Gerhard Graf Martinez

 

The static way is usually useful for face-to-face teaching, when a static, not time-dependent, demonstration of a scale or chord is preferred to the dynamic. PĂ©nzes Methodology was the first to emphasize the importance of the static way of illustration in teaching soloing techniques. Apart from my way of statically illustrating the scales, there are the usual guitar tabs in a static version (the downmost string is E6).

 

 

...and here is the copyrighted Pénzes Mirror Image Method..

 

 

Obviously, the difference between the two ways is just 180 degrees. Let's just find out some more ways to illustrate these scales!

 

First, the fretboard can be rotated to all the four directions, meaning up, down, left, right. Plus all scales have an inverse scale couple. That will make eight mirror images. I will name them after the compass points, thus North, South, West, East. The reference point is the nut and the F Major scale.

 

North

 

This is fit for instruments such as the cello and the double bass. PĂ©nzes Methodology was the first to use this way of illustration. As the majority of the musicians are right handed, the right mirror image is considered the standard.

NB: the tuning of other instrument like the cello or the double bass is different from the one shown in the mirror image here.

 

 

South

 

This remains only a theoretical way of illustration, since there is not a single musician that would play their instrument upside down...

 

 

West

 

This is the most known way of illustration. Fit for right handed musicians. The first is the usual guitar tab, the second the Pénzes Mirror Image.

 

 

 

East

 

This way of illustration is particularly fit for left handed musicians. I publish some of the scales in this way too, so lefties can conveniently comprehend and practice them. (for example Basic scales II. for lefties)

 

 

 

Beside the above mentioned, one could rotate these scales to other directions, such as Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast; or make a 3D modeling of the fretboard. In the end, the main thing is that the student understands the system.

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