Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
Maybe the idea of "knowing" the scales automatically has to do with a few ideas.
* a basic idea is that while they're moved up and down the fretboard, scales have the same basic pattern. *Thus, if you can play something in E Major on the 9th fret, chances are, you can play something in F# Major on the 11th fret. *
* the second idea is harder to memorize. *Another way guitarists (especially the great) seem to "Know" where they are is that they DO know where they are. *After playing and practicing so many positions, I've noticed I'm able to "guestimate" where a song is. *Even if I can't guess the exact notes right away, I'm often able to solo in the key of a song right away. *Without trying to transcribe it, I'm able to get a feeling for the song based on previous use of those chords. *What this basically means is that with experience comes an ear for tonality.