You know, I am reading a theory book right now by Jim D'Ville and Bill Keith called "The Natural Way". I think it is really terrific and I would recommend it to you as a great place to start.
My approach is to listen to the melody of a tune, decide which position on the neck to play it and then find the optimum scales to use. For example, in the key of "D" it may be the open position, the second position with all notes closed, the fourth position etc.
Once I decide on a position, I will review the scale and also the arpeggio of the scale to reference when I improvise.
Here's a tip. Rather than always starting on the 1st note of the scale when improvising, for example the "C" note of a C scale, try starting on the 3rd (the "E" note) or the fifth (the "G" note). Just trying this may help you break out of established patterns. I hope this is useful - it is a huge topic and there are many music books dealing with scales, but none of these are as useful as just learning to play the melody correctly and where on the neck to play it.
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I play two-thirds of a guitar. I have some wrist issues with fretting the 6th string. I enjoy finger picking but have been an avid follower of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for about 6 years. I find Dan Huckabee's beginners arrangements great for the bari-uke. I have also found much of Adam Granger's work suits my DGBE tuning.I once took a class from Dan Miller in Palo Alto, California and he told me that his daughter was playing the baritone uke. I have e-mailed Adam about his new FGM…See More
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