Guitar Scales All Guitarists Need To Know

Want to improve your Guitar Playing?

Of course, we all do! Now you can with GUITAR SCALES knowledge. Scales will help you in many areas such as theory, soloing, and understanding the relationship between chords and the notes you play.

YOU WILL SOUND BETTER! If you know what to play…

Below I created a FREE Guitar Lesson Online dedicated to GUITAR SCALES! Print them, play them, learn them and

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First here is a list of some really Great Books on GUITAR SCALES that I recommend and have used with many of my students. With more guitar scales and theory to take your playing to the next level.

The Ultimate Guitar Scale Bible This exhaustive study of GUITAR SCALES is a “must-own” for any improvising guitarist. Including thousands of scale diagrams, this book provides the practical information needed to use each scale in a solo. Guitarists can give their playing a unique edge with exotic scales from all over the world. This easy-to-use book even includes a section on how to practice scales. The Ultimate Guitar Scale Bible will be an instant classic.

Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume 1 The Theory section of this book uses extremely simple language to explain the basics of music theory. This book takes the student through simple GUITAR SCALES to highly complex chords, and unlike any other workbook. All theory is made to apply directly to the fretboard of the guitar, thus ingraining the information in both the head and hands! This book provides a solid basis of music theory and is the required text at both New York University and Princeton University.

MUSIC THEORY WORKBOOK FOR GUITAR VOLUME 2 This book provides real hands-on application for 22 different scale types. A theory section written in concise and easy to understand language prepares the student for all exercises. This book is a required text at the New York University and Princeton University Music departments.

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GUITAR SCALES are a pattern of intervals. An interval is a relationship between notes, usually expressed by the distance between those notes within a scale. Each fret on a guitar represents a half (semi) tone interval. That means that each adjacent fret on a string is either one half tone higher (towards the bridge) or lower (towards the nut) than the current fret.

A major scale is defined by the pattern r-W-W-H-W-W-W-H where each letter corresponds to an interval. W = Whole, H = Half and r = root. A whole tone interval is defined by a two fret jump and a half tone interval is defined by a single fret above the current fret.

When dealing with scales, although it is good to keep this in mind, it is often easiest to think in patterns. These patterns, once memorized can easily be moved up and down the fret using the root note of the scale as an anchor. This is similar to how barre chords work. Pentatonic Scales

Mode One

Mode Two

Mode Three

Mode Four

Mode Five



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