Learn Guitar Scales & Scale Theory - See the Whole
Welcome! I encourage you to learn guitar scales in a way that
you to apply them to your
Most guitar lesson sites
show you a few scale
patterns, but this knowledge is pretty useless without understanding how to apply these scales.
you'll learn how to meaningfully connect scales
to the music you're
find the more scales you learn, the more
creative options you'll have when
crafting that perfect guitar solo.
If you want to learn
scales to develop your soloing ability, think of
this section as the theory side of lead guitar, whereas the lead
section on this site looks at the
physical application of that theory. In
other words, knowing your scales will allow you to apply the lead
techniques you learn to their full potential.
I Need to Learn Guitar Scales?
As you're already here, I assume you're interested in
scales anyway! But if there's any doubt, this article will go through
some of the benefits of spending time on them.
Scales ...are very
simple, just five tones, and used in all styles of music, so the
perfect place to begin. This
introduce you to the major, minor and other pentatonic
scales, including lessons on combining minor and major
A widely used scale in minor key progressions,
natural minor is
another staple guitar scale to learn. The lesson shows you its key
tones, passing tones and how to use it over chords. Includes minor key
of the Major Scale
Series which looks at the modes of the major scale,
from Ionian to Locrian (yes they have weird
names - goes back a long way). Each lesson takes you
through the individual
"flavour" and characteristics of each mode, with jam tracks to help you
experiment with your own ideas. Finally, we pull it all together and
delve deeper into modal theory.
A slight alteration of the natural minor scale from earlier.
this series, we'll learn when harmonic minor is typically used along
with the fingerings, patterns and all that good stuff.
Sometimes called the Spanish Gypsy scale and a staple scale
musical traditions. However, it's become a favourite in rock and heavy
makes frequent appearences in "alternative" western genres.
Melodic minor is a nice alternative to harmonic
minor, being only one interval difference, and is used interchangeably
result. It's important to understand how the natural 6th tone gives
this scale its unique flavour over chords and progressions.
The 4th mode of melodic minor and a very reliable scale for
soloing over those "outside" dominant 7th chords. It's also very easy
to extract some beautiful harmony from this scale. A worthy addition to
your repertoire. Metal
look at the more exotic
scales used commonly in heavy metal
music with backing tracks to try out your own ideas. Although the focus
heavy metal, these scales will work in other genres and contexts, so
Scales In depth library of commonly
used scales in jazz music and the chords they work over. Like the metal
scales lesson, the scales featured will work in other styles of music,
but many of them have helped shape the distinctive sound of jazz.
Guitar Scales Help
and Minor Scale Basics
Answers the question "what
makes a scale major or
minor?". This lesson shows you how to identify a scale's intervals to
determine whether it can be played over major or minor
Gives you a clear process for
dominating the fretboard
for any given scale. Follow this process for every scale you learn and
the rewards will be immeasurable. See also...
Hexatonic Scale Patterns - Learn how to break up the seven-tone major (or minor) scale into accessible and versatile six-tone patterns.
Learn how to apply scales across single strings in any key to
give your solos more speed, fluidity and reach, from one end of the
neck to the other.
Focuses on the physical side of scale navigation. Give your
fingers the workout they need and develop your speed and timing with
this series of exercises, including runs, intervals and string