Will Bernard - GuitarPlayer.com

Will Bernard

Symmetrical scales have strange sounds, but once you know some ways to apply them, you’ll be pleased to discover they have conveniently repetitive fingerings—provided you take the diagonal approach.

For instance, as modern jazz ace Will Bernard detailed in this article, if you apply a three-notes-per-string approach to the whole-tone scale—or a four-notes-per-string approach to the whole/half (fully diminished) scale—you’ll find they blaze up and down the neck with easy-to-memorize diagonal patterns. (Tip: The only hiccup in these patterns is the added distance of one extra fret between the third- and second-string neck positions.)