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Guitar Scale Lessons

e minor pentatonic lesson E minor Pentatonic
Frame one of Pentatonic, E Blues, E Natural minor Cascades
c g d a e f b flat scales lesson C • G • D • A • E • F • B Flat
Basic scales at the nut.
7 major scale patterns 7 Majors in C
Big maps. 3 per string.
5 Pentatonics in Am/C
5 Frames for A minor/C Major.
guitar modes lesson Modes
Formulas for 21 basic modes.
blues scales lesson Blues
All 12 keys in notation and tab.
guitar soloing lesson Soloing Basics
Starting the improvising process.

Scales are tone groups or sets. They are typically used for training and learning what tones work together for any given situation. The tones in scales can be derived in a number of ways; the most common starting points are the Major & Pentatonic scales.

The term scale generally relates to playing a series of single pitches in alphabetical order, ascending and descending. Yet, they can be played in different alpha orders and can still be called scales. When using a scale for melody, we tend not to think of them of scales, but as melodic materials.

Our main goals with scales

  1. train [fretting/picking]
  2. solo/improvise/be melodic
  3. build chords/arpeggios
  4. get to know our fretboard

We often learn 'patterns' at the beginning to get functional in all keys. Yet, 'patterns' are meant to be transcended. And, there are many many approaches to all of this. Our quest is to form our own.