QUOTE(Englebert @ Jun 20 2012, 08:12 PM)
I have always encouraged my students to play their guitar scales in an even manner. However, in the syllabus, the scales are written with a distinct rhythm (one, two and three and four and....etc) Which is the correct way to play these scales? Surely, so long as the scale is played evenly and consistently, then that's all that matters?Or am I wrong? I look forward to hearing other views.
For exam purposes, play the scales as they are written, with rhythms for the fingers only scales, straight crotchets for the thumb only, etc. They wouldn't have written them out that way if they didn't want them that way.
Of course, for general musical purposes a wider range of approaches can be helpful, including not just straight rhythms but dotted, swung etc.
If you look at the middle grades where the scales are over 2 octaves and in that rhythm, you may find it helps the player locate the tonic notes as they go through the scale, because its picked out as a crotchet. This can help build note knowledge in the middle of the fingerboard.