Patterns to Success Part III


The Patterns to Success part 3


I tell you what dang ol internet, dang ol click click
boom boom dang ol surfin man.

Well we were discussing the 5 patterns that if fully
understood will unlock all scales and solos for you.

Hopefully as we move along we will be able to implement
the techniques into different solos.

The idea is to understand the patterns and alterations
that will come later so you will be able to play a solo
differently everytime.

The problem with most books/lessons/videos etc is that they
include to much unneccessary and irrelevant information
and then leapfrog back and forth.

I believe it is the intention of most of these devices not
to teach a player but to bog him down with hundreds of
scales and chords so that after awhile the player
believes he must memorize 1000 things and be some sort
of multi-tasking machine.

Truth is the ideas for scales and chords are repeated over
and over again throughout the neck instead of many many
different disjointed patterns and shapes.

It is with a full understanding of these patterns to start
that we can break down the remaining barriers and make
guitar a simple process. After all thier are only
12 notes not hundreds.

"and for just 6 easy payments of $19.95 you will be on
your way on the guitar. You get the 5 patterns,
Chuck Mangione's 10 keys to success in the business,
10 guitar picks and if you act now we'll throw in
a pack of slightly used guitar strings."

just kidding

but seriously music books/lessons etc are not out to
help one learn or simplify.

There out to make money by making guitar seem like an
endless mystery.

I often laugh when I see a gigantic scale book. They could
have put together the whole thing in 3 pages but then
who would buy it.

Last time we discussed that for the purpose of this lesson
we will be giving each note a


modal name

We won't bog ourself down with any additional info and
believe me there is a whole lot but it is not relevant
to the purpose of our study and goal.


Above we see the 7 modes with an abbreviated term for the
mode immedietly afterward.

Please do not study the abbreviations. They are only
for this lesson and are not the correct abbreviations for
each mode.

The real abbreviations are not important at this time.
In fact take all of your knowledge of scales and put it
aside until it can be fit in or used in our process.

Last time we had a little assignment to figure out the
numerical names and modal names of the patterns provided.

We mentioned the numbers change but the modal names always
stay the same.

To speed up the process I will give you these modal names
for each note.

Remember this isn't a mathematical or endless journey
in names.

It's all about simplicity. We will really get into
the numbers later ,but don't fear it's not tough.
I never passed a math class in my life.

Hank Hill- Bobby you failed English but you speak English.

let's go (no not down to Juinor's Farm)

Remember all you have to grasp is these five patterns and
that's the tough part and for the rest of your life you
will benefit from it.

Pattern #1


Pattern #1 continued


Pattern #2


Pattern #2 continued


Pattern #3


Pattern #3 continued


Pattern #4


Pattern #4 continued


Pattern #5


Pattern #5 continued


That's the names.

Hopefully as we move further and further you will see
that you don't have to memorize solos note for note.
You simply have to know where to play what notes to hit
at specific times and then every solo will be different.

Improvisation can be easy and fun but many publications don't
want you to know that. They want you sit there and play solos
note for note and frankly that becomes a bit tiresome.


Somebody has read this stuff somewhere. What do you think
are you getting some of it so far. Is any of it helpful
and accessible. C'mon let's keep this site a vibrant
living organism. I'm wondering if any one reads this
stuff and I see some views. If your not getting it or
it doesn't matter maybe I should give up on it.
Something else maybe? or nothing? Scales and Chords are
all connected and were heading more and more in the
direction of understanding it. So if your lurking c'mon
in and sit a spell and post.

yeah alert and at attention! digesting every word! pleeeeze keep writing! it's all so very useful!


Absolutey uncleoliver,

I will continue further expanding on the understanding of
the 5 patterns. Then I will post an amazing cheat sheet
which will enable you to play many many different scales
with a little bit of altering. Then we will take it right
into the theories behind Mr.G's playing in general and
his playing in specific numbers. I also would like to
venture into other players if the interest continues.

I appreciate the post.Stay cool and LIGHT EM UP..

"The Grateful Dead are a roving band of cultists determined
to turn your youth into mindless drugatics."

" They are satanists who consistentley use skulls and skeletons to glorify suicide."

Undisclosed 1980's t.v. evangelist

Well now I am gonna discuss briefly some of the nuances
of the modes which are represented in the 5 patterns.

Why not just Ionian?

Why do we need Lydian and Mixolydian?

Well they are already in our patterns so it's nothing
new to learn really. Just some implementing.

The Ionian mode is a happy sounding mode.

Let's face it folks no ones happy all the time.

It is these subtle differences in the Major modes that
make them special and fun to mix.

The only difference between the Ionian mode and Lydian mode
is one note.

The only difference between the Ionian mode and the Mixolydian mode is one note.

C D E F G A B- C Ionian

C D E F# G A B- C Lydian

C D E F G A A#-C Mixolydian

1First let me say take your guitar and play Ionian and then
toggle between these notes.

2Play one scale and then the other

3Play the corresponding major chord and then the scale.

Listen to the sound.

I don't want to go through further explanation and detail
and have you always comparing what you hear to my definitions.


and I will go through distinct descriptions of all the modes

Have fun and listen.

It is an undestanding of these alterations in the modes
that will help greatly in your understanding of future
scales presented and music in general.

They truly define music

"but seriously music books/lessons etc are not out to
help one learn or simplify.

There out to make money by making guitar seem like an
endless mystery. "

i agree ! i too have said that guitar lessons can be a low down dirty greasy shame for youngins!

Kenny, you are one bad motherfucker. many thanks

"existance without persistance equals resistance" mE

I remember a semi famous guitar teacher who gave
lessons 50 bucks a pop years back.

It consisted of him continually giving out print outs

Mostly of ideas, scales etc that he never played
or used himself.

Simply piling on more an more useless information.

He even gave common scales other exotic names and figured the students would never figure it out.

I'd name em but it's probably not the best thing
to do.

There has been so many instances where I see players
get ripped off over the years by people who

1. live off of mild fame

2. either cannot or will not give useful info

3. never discuss what they use or how they play

4. give out wrong tabs, keys, ideas

5. bog down the player with endless endless nonsense.

I guess that's the business.