Watch the Reference Manual online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

Before we get started with this course, I wanted to talk about one extra component that I added to the course, which is the Reference Manual. Because there's so much to get through in this course, I'm basically giving you an example of each one of these scales coming from one position on the neck. But, I've also laid out the different fingerings for each of the scales in different positions through a system I call "tonality shapes". With tonality shapes, there are basically five different shapes that exist within a 12 fret span of the guitar. Three of them are going to be one octave shapes, and two of them are going to be two octave shapes, and they all connect together. Here we'll look at some examples of them.

All of these connect together up the neck, and the great thing is that once you learn these scales coming out of these various positions and shapes, you essentially start to know them all over the neck in all 12 keys.

As I mentioned, we really only have time to get through one for each one of these video segments, but if you want to get deeper and get thoroughly through the scales, you need to be cross-referencing with the Reference Manual. So, as you start to learn one scale, go back to the Reference Manual and check it out in the various positions. You should also do the same with the various musical examples that I'll be giving throughout the course.

The Reference Manual is basically a guide, I tried to streamline it to make it as user friendly as possible. Once you get these fingerings underneath your fingers, and really start to get the sound of the scale in your ears, you're well on your way to being able to play these jazz scales and incorporate them into your playing.