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How to Make Scales Once understood, the 3 fundamental major scales for guitar can be altered to make other scales by adjusting the intervals according to
3 Major Scale Shapes All other scales and arpeggios are defined in comparison to the major scale. This is reflected in practical terms by categorising the major scale into 3 different fundamental shapes, which can be used as templates.
The CAGED Guitar System The 3 shape system can be used to explain the logic behind the CAGED system, breaking it down into single octave components. For example; 5 CAGED major scale shapes of 15 to 18 notes each, can be seen as just 2 shapes of only 7 notes that are joined end to end in such a way that reveals the original underlying logic behind the CAGED system.
Modes for Guitar Modes can be learnt directly on the fretboard by being taken from the CAGED shapes, then being compared to the fundamental major scale shapes in order to identify the differences, and therefore the unique structure of each mode.
Scales & Arpeggios Major, minor, pentatonics, Harmonic minor, Phrygian Dominant, Melodic minor and  many more than can be written here (for a full idea view the contents page above), all presented in terms of the 3 Shape system.
600+ Fretboard Diagrams
3 Shape Fretboard 3-Shape Fretboard is for intermediate to advanced guitarists interested in learning how to work out guitar scales & arpeggios for themselves. Creating scales & arpeggios yourself can give a better understanding, while knowing the logic behind them can make them more meaningful and easier to learn. Click on contents pages to enlarge >>
Chord Harmony The basic reasoning behind how chords are arranged in music is explained for major and minor keys, after which, musical examples of chord sequences are given. Also see the CAGED system applied to chords, and how basic major and minor chords are formed from within scales.
Questions & Answers Every scale and arpeggio type has a question to test yourself. Find the root note, apply the scale shape then check the answer written in guitar TAB at the back of 3 Shape Fretboard.
Audio All answers are accompanied by an audio example track and musical demonstrations are given for the chord sequences.
whichever other scale (or arpeggio) you are making.
Fretboard diagrams are shade coded with Black, Grey and White to distinguish between the 3 shapes and other scales that derive from them.
3 Shape Fretboard - Sample Pages    click to enlarge >>       
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Extract from the full, more detailed 1,086 word review: “There is clear evidence of many hours of dedication, organization, and piece-by-piece construction resulting in a detailed and extremely practical guitar instruction / reference manual. Be forewarned – you will not digest this in a day or two. The book begins with an overview of the fundamental structure of the fretboard and the positional relationship among the frets, strings, and notes. As the title indicates, the foundation of the book is based on 3 shapes (a fixed note pattern) on the fretboard that contain the notes of a Major or other scale classifications. These shapes are positional in nature and referred to as Low, Mid, or Upper. The positioning of the anchored root note remains constant but the remaining scale notes either cluster toward the nut (Low), beneath the anchored root (Mid), or drift toward the bridge (Upper). My description may be somewhat fuzzy but the concept is easily grasped with the aid of the illustrations within the book. The book explains how to move these shapes both vertically and horizontally on the fretboard and provides methods of shape connections that eliminate any obstacles to full fretboard navigation. The linkage between scales, notes, intervals, and the fretboard is fully self-contained and presented as a single entity. I have not seen the scales specifically presented in this fashion but can immediately appreciate the practical application opportunities. You will understand scale construction and theory if you take the time to understand the concepts reviewed. The ability to play any particular scale, any place on the fretboard, right when you need to, is not only powerful fun but also quite comforting. Enjoy your arrogance, well earned. There are multiple, comprehensive, illustrations and tables sprinkled throughout the book that are essential for understanding and exploration of the guitar. A wealth of information and a unique, pattern-based key that will open the door to endless musical possibilities. You only have to invest the time in order to earn the key that will allow passage.
Mathias Lang, Guitar Teacher & Composer      (Netherlands)
“A logical and thorough approach to understanding scales, intervals and arpeggios on the guitar.  All related to the universal CAGED idea of fretboard layout. Plenty to study and apply to your playing.”
Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching      (New Zealand)
“Do you have ‘favourite positions’ for certain scales? Do you sometimes "translate" certain scales to a mode of another scale that you know better (e.g., when playing in D major, you first figure out it's the same as B minor, and then you "think" in B minor)? When trying to play a scale do you sometimes get lost by mixing up different visually memorized patterns? If you answered at least one of the above questions with 'yes', the book 3 Shape Fretboard by Gareth Evans can help you bring your fretboard and scale knowledge to a new level, allowing you to move much more freely when playing melodies and solos. On top of that, your playing will also start sounding more natural and melodic, because by understanding the function of each note in the scale, you will be able to choose the notes in a more musical way. 3 Shape Fretboard by Gareth Evans is a thorough workbook for learning to understand and play scales on the guitar. The emphasis here is on understanding the scales in terms of intervals, and being able to find the correct intervals everywhere on the fretboard. Many other books focus on fretboard diagrams to explain scales on the guitar, which often leads to a sort of visual memorization of the "correct points" on the fretboard. While this in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, Evans' book goes much further by enabling the guitarist to really understand the scales in the sense that he/she knows the functions of the different notes in the respective scale (e.g.,
root, third, fifth, etc.). This is paramount for using scales in a musical way, instead of just playing theoretically correct notes in memorized patterns. After reviewing some basics about the guitar fretboard and about key signatures, the book starts out by introducing three fundamental one- octave shapes of the major scale. So instead of learning seemingly unrelated patterns on the whole fretboard, the major scale is reduced to three basic shapes that repeat everywhere on the fretboard. In this way it becomes much easier to understand the function of each note in the scale, which is important for using the scale in a musical way. Combining the three different shapes leads to the complete scale patterns across all six strings. The scale shapes are also related to the basic chord shapes, which helps to unify one's scale and chord knowledge. I think this is a very important point because I've often noticed with students that they view playing chords and playing melodies as two totally different things. Yet, being able to see the chord shapes as part of the scale shapes helps a lot in playing musically over chord changes. The same approach is then taken for many other scales (natural minor and the other modes of the major scale, harmonic and melodic minor and their modes, pentatonic scales, etc.). While it is made clear that the notes of the different relative modes are of course the same, it is emphasized that it is important to practice and understand each mode separately, simply because the individual notes have a different function in each mode. A melody in C major may not work well in E phrygian, even though both scales share the same notes. The sheer number of different scales and modes may seem overwhelming, but the knowledge of the three basic shapes and a basic understanding of intervals will help a lot in seeing through the jungle. This is why the book emphasizes the importance of understanding and being able to play all types of intervals everywhere on the fretboard. This knowledge, combined with the knowledge of scales in terms of intervals, will make it much easier for you to play any scale in any key anywhere on the fretboard. Apart from scales, the book also discusses the most important triad and seventh chord arpeggios, which provides yet another view on intervals and on the corresponding scales in which these arpeggios are contained. Practical questions (for which you'll need your guitar!) throughout the book with answers and audio examples (via the website) complete this tour de force of fretboard and scale knowledge. Obviously, this is no book to sit down and just read. This is a workbook that you have to read with the guitar in your hands, and you need to play and think and listen for many hours so that the concepts can settle in your brain, ears and fingers. However, after having put in the required effort you will be rewarded by complete freedom on the fretboard, regardless of what you play.”
Mathias gives a thorough review of 770 words.
"I think the 3 pattern approach is very interesting and well documented. There is lot’s of good material and I like the approach. Very well organised, complete and clear with plenty of diagrams."
Fabien Aubry - Composer, Arranger & Producer (Switzerland)
Guitar Scales
How to Make Scales Once understood, the 3 fundamental major scales for guitar can be altered to make other scales by adjusting the intervals according to whichever other scale (or arpeggio) you are making.
3 Major Scale Shapes All other scales and arpeggios are defined in comparison to the major scale. This is reflected in practical terms by categorising the major scale into 3 different fundamental shapes, which can be used as templates.
The CAGED Guitar System The 3 shape system can be used to explain the logic behind the CAGED system, breaking it down into single octave components. For example; 5 CAGED major scale shapes of 15 to 18 notes each, can be seen as just 2 shapes of only 7 notes that are joined end to end in such a way that reveals the original underlying logic behind the CAGED system.
Modes for Guitar Modes can be learnt directly on the fretboard by being taken from the CAGED shapes, then being compared to the fundamental major scale shapes in order to identify the differences, and therefore the unique structure of each mode.
Scales & Arpeggios Major, minor, pentatonics, Harmonic minor, Phrygian Dominant, Melodic minor and  many more than can be written here (for a full idea view the contents page above), all presented in terms of the 3 Shape system.
600+ Fretboard Diagrams
3 Shape Fretboard 3-Shape Fretboard is for intermediate to advanced guitarists interested in learning how to work out guitar scales & arpeggios for themselves. Creating scales & arpeggios yourself can give a better understanding, while knowing the logic behind them can make them more meaningful and easier to learn.
Chord Harmony The basic reasoning behind how chords are arranged in music is explained for major and minor keys, after which, musical examples of chord sequences are given. Also see the CAGED system applied to chords, and how basic major and minor chords are formed from within scales.
Questions & Answers Every scale and arpeggio type has a question to test yourself. Find the root note, apply the scale shape then check the answer written in guitar TAB at the back of 3 Shape Fretboard.
Audio All answers are accompanied by an audio example track and musical demonstrations are given for the chord sequences.
Fretboard diagrams are shade coded with Black, Grey and White to distinguish between the 3 shapes and other scales that derive from them.
3 Shape Fretboard - Sample Pages    click to enlarge >>       
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“3 Shape Fretboard by Gareth Evans is a thorough workbook for learning to understand and play scales on the guitar. The sheer number of different scales and modes may seem overwhelming, but the knowledge of the three basic shapes and a basic understanding of intervals will help a lot in seeing through the jungle. This is why the book emphasizes the importance of understanding and being able to play all types of intervals everywhere on the fretboard. This knowledge, combined with the knowledge of scales in terms of intervals, will make it much easier for you to play any scale in any key anywhere on the fretboard. Practical questions (for which you'll need your guitar!) throughout the book with answers and audio examples (via the website) complete this tour de force of fretboard and scale knowledge. Obviously, this is no book to sit down and just read. This is a workbook that you have to read with the guitar in your hands, and you need to play and think and listen for many hours so that the concepts can settle in your brain, ears and fingers. However, after having put in the required effort you will be rewarded by complete freedom on the fretboard, regardless of what you play.”
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“A logical and thorough approach to understanding scales, intervals and arpeggios on the guitar.  All related to the universal CAGED idea of fretboard layout. Plenty to study and apply to your playing.”
Mathias Lang, Guitar Teacher & Composer (Netherlands)
Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)
Extract from the full, more detailed 1,086 word review: “There is clear evidence of many hours of dedication, organization, and piece-by-piece construction resulting in a detailed and extremely practical guitar instruction / reference manual. Be forewarned – you will not digest this in a day or two. The book begins with an overview of the fundamental structure of the fretboard and the positional relationship among the frets, strings, and notes. As the title indicates, the foundation of the book is based on 3 shapes (a fixed note pattern) on the fretboard that contain the notes of a Major or other scale classifications. These shapes are positional in nature and referred to as Low, Mid, or Upper. The positioning of the anchored root note remains constant but the remaining scale notes either cluster toward the nut (Low), beneath the anchored root (Mid), or drift toward the bridge (Upper). My description may be somewhat fuzzy but the concept is easily grasped with the aid of the illustrations within the book. The book explains how to move these shapes both vertically and horizontally on the fretboard and provides methods of shape connections that eliminate any obstacles to full fretboard navigation. The linkage between scales, notes, intervals, and the fretboard is fully self-contained and presented as a single entity. I have not seen the scales specifically presented in this fashion but can immediately appreciate the practical application opportunities. You will understand scale construction and theory if you take the time to understand the concepts reviewed. The ability to play any particular scale, any place on the fretboard, right when you need to, is not only powerful fun but also quite comforting. Enjoy your arrogance, well earned. There are multiple, comprehensive, illustrations and tables sprinkled throughout the book that are essential for understanding and exploration of the guitar. A wealth of information and a unique, pattern-based key that will open the door to endless musical possibilities. You only have to invest the time in order to earn the key that will allow passage.
(Full 770 word version of Mathias’ review visible on Desktop version of website.)
"I think the 3 pattern approach is very interesting and well documented. There is lot’s of good material and I like the approach. Very well organised, complete and clear with plenty of diagrams."
Fabien Aubry - Composer, Arranger & Producer    (Switzerland)
Guitar Scales
3 Major Scale Shapes All other scales and arpeggios are defined in comparison to the major scale. This is reflected in practical terms by categorising the major scale into 3 different fundamental shapes, which can be used as templates.
How to Make Scales Once understood, the 3 fundamental major scales for guitar can be altered to make other scales by adjusting the intervals according to whichever other scale or arpeggio you are making.
Scales & Arpeggios Major, minor, pentatonics, Harmonic minor, Phrygian Dominant, Melodic minor and  many more than can be written here (for a full idea view the contents page above), all presented in terms of the 3 Shape system.
Modes for Guitar Modes can be learnt directly on the fretboard by being taken from the CAGED shapes, then being compared to the fundamental major scale shapes in order to identify the differences, and therefore the unique structure of each mode.
600+ Fretboard Diagrams
3 Shape Fretboard 3-Shape Fretboard is for intermediate to advanced guitarists interested in learning how to work out guitar scales & arpeggios for themselves. Creating scales & arpeggios can give a better understanding and knowing the logic behind them can make them more meaningful and easier to learn.
Chord Harmony The basic reasoning behind how chords are arranged in music is explained for major and minor keys, after which, musical examples of chord sequences are given. Also see the CAGED system applied to chords, and how basic major and minor chords are formed from within scales.
Questions & Answers Every scale and arpeggio type has a question to test yourself. Find the root note, apply the scale shape then check the answer written in guitar TAB at the back of 3 Shape Fretboard.
The 3 shape system can be used to explain the logic behind the CAGED system, breaking it down into single octave components. For example; 5 CAGED major scale shapes of 15 to 18 notes each, can be seen as
Audio All answers are accompanied by an audio example track and demonstrations are given for the chord sequences >>
Fretboard diagrams are shade coded with Black, Grey and White to distinguish between the 3 shapes and other scales that derive from them.
3 Shape Fretboard - Sample Pages click to enlarge >>       
Free delivery worldwide, paypal accepted.
£5.99
£10.99 RRP
Also available at most other retailers worldwide.
The CAGED Guitar System
just 2 shapes of only 7 notes that are joined end to end in such a way that reveals the original underlying logic behind the CAGED system.
Click on contents pages to enlarge >>
 © Intuition Publications 2012 - present
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“3 Shape Fretboard by Gareth Evans is a thorough workbook for learning to understand and play scales on the guitar. The sheer number of different scales and modes may seem overwhelming, but the knowledge of the three basic shapes and a basic understanding of intervals will help a lot in seeing through the jungle. This is why the book emphasizes the importance of understanding and being able to play all types of intervals everywhere on the fretboard. This knowledge, combined with the knowledge of scales in terms of intervals, will make it much easier for you to play any scale in any key anywhere on the fretboard. Practical questions (for which you'll need your guitar!) throughout the book with answers and audio examples (via the website) complete this tour de force of fretboard and scale knowledge. Obviously, this is no book to sit down and just read. This is a workbook that you have to read with the guitar in your hands, and you need to play and think and listen for many hours so that the concepts can settle in your brain, ears and fingers. However, after having put in the required effort you will be rewarded by complete freedom on the fretboard, regardless of what you play.”
“A logical and thorough approach to understanding scales, intervals and arpeggios on the guitar. All related to the universal CAGED idea of fretboard layout. Plenty to study and apply to your playing.”
Extract from the full, more detailed review: “There is clear evidence of many hours of dedication, organization, and piece-by-piece construction resulting in a detailed and extremely practical guitar instruction / reference manual. Be forewarned – you will not digest this in a day or two. The book begins with an overview of the fundamental structure of the fretboard and the positional relationship among the frets, strings, and notes. As the title indicates, the foundation of the book is based on 3 shapes (a fixed note pattern) on the fretboard that contain the notes of a Major or other scale classifications. These shapes are positional in nature and referred to as Low, Mid, or Upper. The positioning of the anchored root note remains constant but the remaining scale notes either cluster toward the nut (Low), beneath the anchored root (Mid), or drift toward the bridge (Upper). My description may be somewhat fuzzy but the concept is easily grasped with the aid of the illustrations within the book. The book explains how to move these shapes both vertically and horizontally on the fretboard and provides methods of shape connections that eliminate any obstacles to full fretboard navigation. The linkage between scales, notes, intervals, and the fretboard is fully self-contained and presented as a single entity. I have not seen the scales specifically presented in this fashion but can immediately appreciate the practical application opportunities. You will understand scale construction and theory if you take the time to understand the concepts reviewed. The ability to play any particular scale, any place on the fretboard, right when you need to, is not only powerful fun but also quite comforting. Enjoy your arrogance, well earned. There are multiple, comprehensive, illustrations and tables sprinkled throughout the book that are essential for understanding and exploration of the guitar. A wealth of information and a unique, pattern-based key that will open the door to endless musical possibilities. You only have to invest the time in order to earn the key that will allow passage.
Mathias Lang, Guitar Teacher & Composer   (Netherlands)
Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching  (New Zealand)
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(Full 770 word version of Mathias’ review on Desktop version of website.)
"I think the 3 pattern approach is very interesting and well documented. There is lot’s of good material and I like the approach. Very well organised, complete and clear with plenty of diagrams."
Fabien Aubry - Composer, Arranger &     Producer (Switzerland)