Scales are much more than a run of notes. Learning how they work is useful for all sorts of things, including writing your own guitar riffs.
Scales and Modes for Guitar
Are scales important for playing guitar? You bet! They are the cornerstone of a few things you absolutely need to know: such as chords and solos. But you don’t have to be a music theory expert to get this stuff. Start here with the beginner lessons and work your way up – we’ll teach you everything you need to know about scales and modes.
The good news is that there is a superior way to learn scales on guitar that will enable you to make more progress in less time.
We’ve reached the conclusion of Tom Serb’s series on Scales and Modes. If you’ve been following along you’ll know there’s all kinds of scales possible.
Because the starting point of any scale can be shifted to make an entirely new scale, we can quickly get lost in the permutations.
After the pentatonic, major, and common minor scales and the modes, everything else – with one exception – can be considered an exotic scale. Let’s look.
This month, we’re continuing a terrific series from long time Guitar Noise contributor Tom Serb concerning just about every scale you could ever think of.
In our last post we learned there is only one kind of major scale. Now let’s look at the minor scale – and there are LOTS of different minor scales!
Now we’ll get into the grand-daddy of music theory. The major scale is important to theory because it’s the yardstick by which we measure all other scales.
Let’s look at hexatonic scales. Like the blues scale, hexatonic scales are any scales that have six notes.
A lot of blues music is played by adding one note to the regular pentatonic scale. This “blue note” is what makes the blues music sound the way it does.