become laser focused. What are the most important and practical
guitar scales to learn? What guitar scales you need to learn, in
order to play the style of music that you love.
A major reason why many guitarists never master guitar scales is
that they try to learn too many at once. If you want to develop
top-class guitar scales and improvisation skills, then you will
need to learn and master certain scales. In fact, you will have
to know your scales so well that you “own them”. Until you “own”
your scales you can’t use them effectively.
Learning scales and deciding on what are the most important and
practical guitar scales to learn seems a mind-boggling task. No
doubt, you have heard people say: the more scales you know, the
wider variety of songs you will be able to play and enjoy.
Scales mastery is the combination of several “micro-skills”:
(a) learn the names of the notes in the scale,
(b) know their scale step numbers,
(c) study the unique harmony created from that scale,
(d) know the names of the notes over the entire fretboard
(e) learn the scale in all twelve keys.
Mastery of scales, modes, and improvisation is not difficult,
once you break these complex subjects down to small pieces.
First decide what music you want to play: rock, jazz, country,
bluegrass, metal, each style of music has certain preferred
scales associated with that music.
Most important and practical guitar scales to learn for rock
music: minor pentatonic, blues scale.
Most important and practical guitar scales to learn for country
music: major pentatonic scale, blues scale.
Most important and practical guitar scales to learn for bluegrass
music: major pentatonic scale, major diatonic scale,
Most important and practical guitar scales to learn for jazz
music: major diatonic scale and it’s modes, harmonic minor scale
and it’s modes, minor pentatonic scale, blues scale, major
pentatonic, whole tone scale, chromatic scale.
Scales create patterns on the fretboard which players visualize
and memorize. The important thing to remember is to learn the
notes on your guitar fretboard, so you are not just playing a
pattern, that’s the key to good guitar playing, knowing the names
of the notes over the entire fingerboard!
Good knowledge of the fretboard will enable you to: improvise
better, learn songs quicker, learn more chords and scales, read
music and most importantly it will help you to create your
own music not merely copy someone else.
I definitely recommend memorizing or becoming familiar with the
fretboard. If you memorize the notes on the fretboard, you will
be able to connect scales and locate the root of keys that you
are playing in while soloing, easily. Especially if you want to
know that scale over the entire fretboard AND be able to
improvise fluently with it.
Many guitarists main focus is entirely on the physical aspect of
playing scales the musician/guitarist understands the
intellectual aspect of learning scales.
The ability to use artfully the unique “colors” of each different
note in a scale. The ability to play instantly and effortlessly
any scale in any key, anywhere on the fretboard. The ability to
know instantly and effortlessly what scale and mode to use on any
Practicing guitar music scales is one of the key elements to
learning the basics of guitar.
Once you decide on the most important and practical guitar scales
to learn for your music you will be on your way to successful
guitar music playing in no time.
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