Musical notion from fretboard to ledger

My practice routine was getting boring. I came across a very nice notation software called MuseScore. It is supported by and is for musicians, built and maintained by like minded persons.

It took me a few minutes tinkering to get a better understanding of the interface, but eventually I was able to take the graphix I have on modes and turn those into musical notation with TAB notation (tab is short for “tablature”. Tab notation is a simplified way to transpose musical notation to be read by players of stringed instruments, e.g.guitar, mandolin, banjo, lute etc.

The good thing is, you do not require either a left-handed or right-handed version. Personally I wanted exposure to the musical notes as they apply to a guitar neck and where are they located no the ledger.

Aeolian mode defined

Locrian mode defined

Ionian mode defined

Dorian mode defined

Phrygian mode defined

Lydian mode defined

Mixoldian mode defined

What does 3NPS stand for? 3NPS is an acronym for “3 Notes Per String”

Authors note:
While these scale patterns could have all been given representation at the lower end of the guitar neck it is good practice to move around the fret board if only for better memory muscle and dexterity. So as you learn one of the scales you are free to try it starting at any fret up or down the fret board.

Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Scale Patterns

Left Handed Acoustic Guitar Scales / Patterns / Shapes

Being left handed has always come with certain challenges when it comes to the interpretation of musical notation for guitar. The problem never presents itself when playing guitar with others that are right handed. That is like looking into a mirror, from my left handed point of view, and is easily recognizable as to where the players hands and fingers are on the fret-board.

But reading typical chord and scale pattern pictures is different since it is all presented from the right handed perspective.

I have a few scale graphics that I have been using, but they have been digitally reversed so I could better resolve to my real world view of right to left as it pertains to the guitar neck and interpreting right handed scale presentation as represented using pictures.

Hope this helps you as much as it has improved my practice time.

3 note per string (3NPS) graphic:
It may at some time later become more pressing to know the names of these modes/scales, not pertinent to me at the present. But I will include the names if nothing more than to practice Greek.

1. Aeolian / Natural Minor
2. Locrian
3. Ionian / Major
4. Dorian
5. Phrygian
6. Lydian
7. Mixolydian

For a clear understanding of what these modes / scales are, where they came from and how they fit into what music is, please go to: