15 scale patterns for guitar that will fire up your solos

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If you’re a guitarist who loves to practice, you’re probably well acquainted with a scale pattern or two.

But if you think they’re best left for the practice room, think again. The fiery solos of hard rock are laced with 16th-note scale patterns or sequences – think Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore. Jazz and fusion guitarists – including Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, John Scofield and Frank Gambale – employ a wide variety of arpeggio and sequence-triad patterns.

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