Hello, I am basically self-taught and I can't
read music. I have tried on several occations to read ( BUT
I SUCK!) . Actually I am slightly dyslexic and reading involves
the left brain reading the paper and the right brain playing
the notes and somewhere in-between it gets all messed up for
When I started playing guitar solos I was into the rock and
blues thing and I learned most of the standard blues and rock
licks and I would pull those things out of my bag of tricks
when I was soloing.
Then the jazz fusion wave hit with John McLaughlin , Chic
Corea, Tony Williams, Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer, David Sancious,
Jon-Luc Ponte and others and it turned my music down a new
When I started learning this type of music it was very difficult
and I learned it all by ear, one note at a time. Then one
day it hit me "Scales" I started to see patterns.
This let me to figuring out scales and patterns. I would draw
a picture of the guitar neck and the add the dots. This led
me to finding the 7 string pattern that goes round and round.
From this I wrote out the seven patterns and learned them
by playing them over and over. Now there are a lot more things
to learn besides the seven patterns and we will get into that
But the 7 patterns are a good starting point!