Question Regarding Position Playing

Question by Michael
(Woodbrige, VA, USA)


I am in the process of learning the first few (6/2 and 5/2) of the seven major scale positions on the guitar. Do you recommend a student learn all 7 positions of the major scale first before he goes on to learn arpeggios, the melodic minor scale and dominant scale? Or do you think it is wiser to take it in smaller chunks and learn a couple positions, then move on to the arpeggios, minor and dominant scales in those few positions. There’s quite a bit of stuff to master here and I am not sure of the best way to prioritize it. Thanks for the help.

M-A’s Answer:

Hello Michael,

In general, my first recommendation is to learn a few positions (for instance, five) VERY well in the major scale before doing anything else. Then I encourage you to move on to the arpeggios and scales/modes that are found within the positions themselves … but only one position at a time!

It’s much wiser to to small chunks at a time before even thinking of melodic minor and other ‘hard stuff’. (-:

Also, you asked a nice and well timed question since I just released a complete course (with over 2.5 hours of video) on udemy … that is all about learning and mastering scales positions in a easy and relaxed manner.

It start with one-octave scale positions (in all keys) and moves on to more complex materials in about 40 well organized lessons (in PDF and videos).

See the intro vid:

how to play jazz guitar: painless scale positions

You can take the course here:

I hope this helps,

Marc-Andre Seguin
“Improve Your Jazz Guitar Playing with a REAL Teacher”

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