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Guitar Scales

August 1st, 2009 1 comment

Chords & Scales

A guitar scale is a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch. Scales build strength and independence in your fingers. Playing scales helps to train your ears to recognize common note combinations. They can be used as note choices in both improvisation and music writing. Scales must be a part of every musician’s practice routine.

There are 5 basic scale shapes that every guitar player should know. They should be practiced and played daily in all positions. Try to use them in your playing by writing or improvising melodies with them.


Guitar Scales


The major scale should be the first scale that you learn. It is a great warm up and technique builder. It is the starting point for all theory. This is a two octave scale. From the 1st red circle to the 2nd is one octave. Oct is the Latin prefix for eight, so the 2nd square is eight notes above the 1st. The spelling for this scale is: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.

Even guitar players with no prior music training can easily learn music theory, scales and modes, fret positions, fingering patterns, notation, tablature, and more with this easy-to-use self instruction book with something for every guitarist.


Guitar Journals – Scales is the ultimate reference guide of studies and solos in several different genres. This huge collection of scales is perfect for guitarist’s everyday use. They are all covered here: major; natural, melodic and harmonic minor; diminished; whole-tone; bebop; blues; altered; pentatonic; more.

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Minor Pentatonic
Guitar Scales

Minor pentatonic is the most common of all scales used in rock, blues and many other styles. The pentatonic scale has only five different notes before you are back to a root.The spelling for this scale is: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7. Theoretically, all scales are written (formula wise) from the major scale. That is why the spelling for this scale contains a flatted third and seventh. They are altered tones from the major scale. It is also worth noting that if you were to start this scale from the 2nd note (if we were in A for example; the 2nd note would be C ) you would be playing C major pentatonic. You would therefore use it in a C major context.

Guitar Scale Dictionary

The Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary features scales shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony.
In addition to a myriad of scale forms for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales.

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Guitar Scales

The blues scale is the minor pentatonic with an added note in both octaves. This scale is not only used in blues, it is used in all styles of music, including "heavy metal" and "country" music.

Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar – Learn the blues scale, blues chords including power chords, moveable chords, and barre chords, strum patterns, and how to accompany a blues song in 6/8 or 12/8 time. Learn turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues and more.

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Major Pentatonic
Guitar Scales

For the major pentatonic scale shift your hand and play the notes on the 1st and 2nd strings with your 1st and 3rd fingers. Usually you should shift positions if you are playing more than 1 string. That does not include your 1st finger.

Guitar Method

Monster Guitar Method 1 dvd guitar lessons are the perfect guitar lessons for beginners just starting out. Learn how to find any note on the fretboard without using a chart. Monster Guitar Method includes lessons on the major and minor scales; the minor pentatonic and blues scales; basic and “bonus” chords (major, minor, dominant 7th, power chords); rhythmic notation; strumming patterns; and much more!

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Guitar Scales

The minor scale requires a shift on the 3rd string only. Use your 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers for the notes on the 3rd string. Stay in position for all of the other strings. Starting this one from the 3rd note would give you a major scale. Using scales in this manner is what all of the great improvisers do; instead of just having a major or minor scale you can potentially have seven different scales. In fact, it is the harmonic context that you place a scale into that will make it sound several different ways. If this loses you, I would encourage you to study more music theory. You can never know too much.

Encyclopedia of Scales

The Encyclopedia of Scales, Modes and Melodic Patterns is a unique approach to developing Ear, Mind, and Finger Coordination. This is a great source book for dozens of scales from the traditional major and minor forms. This book of scales and patterns trains the mind, the ears and the fingers to work in perfect synchronization to respond instantaneously to any given chord progression.


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Learn & Master Blues Guitar

August 8th, 2014 No comments
Learn and Master - Blues Guitar Lessons

Blues Guitar Lessons

Learn and Master Blues Guitar "Spotlight Series on Blues Guitar" contains 6 dvds with over 8 hours of dvd guitar instruction, a Jam Along CD with over 20 songs in various styles, in-depth interviews with Jack Pearson & Johnny Hiland, a downloadable e-book, and unlimited access to the online support community. Learn and Master Blues Guitar features easy to follow on-screen music and key ideas. Essential blues techniques are explained thoroughly and simply throughout the dvd guitar lessons course.

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Learn and Master Guitar, Spotlight Series on Blues Guitar is an in depth, step by step course. These dvd guitar lessons will give you the musical understanding, the concepts, chords, techniques, and riffs that allow you to enter the world of great blues playing. With this course, you’ll learn the notes, chords, and form that make up the blues. You’ll also build a strong repertoire of ready-to-use riffs (shown in both music and TAB) that can immediately be incorporated into your playing.

You’ll hear exactly what to play through each session’s “Hearing the Blues” ear training exercises. Explore and demonstrate your new skills with a real band in a variety of musical settings using the Jam Along CD and DVD.

Learn to play fast shuffles, slow 12/8 blues, as well as “blues-in-every-key.” Learn all the standard blues guitar techniques such as bends, pull-offs, palm muting, and slide playing. Get your head in the game by understanding blues notes, blues scales, pentatonic scales, and blues chord progressions. The skills you will build in this course will allow you to lay down the blues with complete confidence!

Learn and Master Blues Guitar features dvd instructor Steve Krenz. Steve has performed for years with numerous Grammy winning artists as a Nashville studio guitarist. He is a passionate educator and author of award winning Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar. His practical and easy to understand teaching style makes learning uncomplicated, attainable, and fun.

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50 Rock Guitar Licks

January 18th, 2011 No comments
50 Rock Guitar Licks You Must Know

50 Rock Guitar Licks

50 Rock Guitar Licks You Must Know covers everything from intervals and sweep picking to classical riffs and whammy-bar workouts. In this Dvd guitar lesson Chris Buono breaks down advanced concepts into versatile, easy to apply licks that you can use in almost any rock setting. You will learn note targeting, pinch harmonics control, moving between major and minor tonalities, soloing in the upper registers along with three note per string concepts, tremolo picking, open position riffs, sweep picking, hybrid picking, double stops and how to incorporate exotic scales as well as style specific riffs in practically any rock genre.

Price: $24.95 50 Rock Guitar Licks You Must Know

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Learn these 50 rock guitar licks and you will have the insight and chops to tear it up within any rock style, from blues to metal, classic to contemporary and everything in between.

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Improvising Guitar

August 4th, 2009 No comments

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This guitar lesson explains how to improvise on guitar. The most important part of improvising guitar is to know where all the notes on the guitar neck are. You should be able to glance at any note on the fretboard and know its name. If you don’t know what guitar notes you are playing you will find improvising extremely difficult.

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Other things to consider when improvising guitar are scale choices, techniques you wish to employ, and phrasing. Assuming you know the notes on the guitar neck, the next consideration is choosing the right scale. The first scale to master for improvising guitar is the Pentatonic scale. Pentatonic means five tones. In this case we will be using the Minor Pentatonic. It’s a safe choice when improvising guitar because the 2nd and 6th scale degrees are omitted making it quite versatile. With two less notes to worry about, it’s easier to make Pentatonic licks fit a variety of guitar leads.

Example 1: To decide what guitar scales to use look at what notes are within the guitar chords you are going to play over. Our rhythm progression contains two chords, A5 and D7. Both of these guitar chords belong to the key of A minor. A5 has two notes, A and E. Notice that this chord is neither major nor minor so we will be able to play a wide variety of scales and modes over it. The second chord, D7 has four notes, D , F#, A, and C. For this example we will stick to A minor pentatonic because it will work well over both chords. For future reference, the D7 chord is derived from the A Dorian minor scale which contains a raised 6th tone. Notice again that the minor pentatonic does not contain a 6th. After nailing down the pentatonic scale, try adding the F# note (7th fret b string) to the pentatonic scale (pattern #1) and you will end up with the Dorian mode sound.

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Example 2:
Here are two patterns of A minor pentatonic. First, memorize them. Now you remember what notes the chords contain right? These notes are called chord tones. When starting or stopping a lick you will want it to be on a chord tone. This will make the lick sound as if it fits the song. The tonal center, in this case, is the A note. Therefore, you will build licks around the A note. However, when playing over the D chord you may also treat the D note as the tonal center. This will help to lock you in with the chord changes and once again, make the lick sound as if it fits.

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