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Most Commonly Used Guitar Scale Pattern

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Most commonly used scale on the guitar: -

What a question! Yes, it’s true! There is a scale pattern that is most certainly one of the most commonly used guitar scale patterns to date. From Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Zak Wylde, Kirk Hammett to name a few of too many guitarists to mention. These players all at some point use this pattern.

Ok, well then, what is it? Well, here you go.

It’s the 12th position minor pentatonic scale. Usually played in the Key of E Minor, but the question is most common pattern not most common key this pattern is used in. By the way, which would most likely be E Minor.

In saying that, without further delay, here it is:

The circled notes will must be placed on the notes E on both the 12th fret of Low E String and High E Strings:

Here’s how it will look in TAB (Guitar Tablature):


Shelley Gilman


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