Learn To Play Scales on the Guitar
Practicing scales is essential no matter what level of musician you are. As a beginner it helps train those fingers so that they get stronger and become used to playing in positions and for the more experienced the scales help hone your technique and improve your knowledge of music. I can't stress enough the importance of learning and practicing scales.
Here you will find some of the scales that i have found particularly useful over the years along with my favourite positions and fingering. I recommend that you always start your practice time with good solid scale practice and try to allocate a third of your time to scales. So, if you practice for half an hour, spend ten minutes on scales, if you practice for an hour spend twenty minutes on scales, and so on.
Not only do the scales train your fingers but running a few through at the start of your practice session ensures that you are nicely warmed up before you begin to study a piece or work on improvisation.
For the intermediate and advanced players amongst you i recommend that you go through the scales list below until you find ones that you haven't used before and then work through the accompanying lesson.