Learn the five scales that will take your guitar playing to the next level.
Build a strong musical foundation by mastering the ideas included in this tutorial.
- Learn minor pentatonic, blues, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
- Learn how to connect scale patterns to span the entire fretboard
- Learn practice patterns, routines, and tips
- Download jam tracks and scale diagrams for each scale
- Apply what you learn to actual music
- Increase technique, accuracy, speed and fretboard awareness
This course will take you from zero to little knowledge of scales to a player with a mastery of the most essential scales for guitar. The best part is that you don't have to wait until you are weeks or months into the course to start applying what you are learning. After just a few short lessons, you will be applying what you are learning to full band jam tracks – or better yet – with your own band.
Content and Overview
Suitable for beginner to intermediate guitar players, this course of almost 50 lectures, will take you to the next level – not only in your knowledge of scales but in your playing as a whole. Scales are the foundation of all music and the scales that you will learn in the course are, in our opinion, the most important scales for blues, rock and metal players.
“The practice of scales solves the greatest number of technical problems in the shortest amount of time.” – Andres Segovia
Beginning with the minor pentatonic scale, we will start learning how to improvise over a chord progression. We will expand our phrasing possibilities with the blues scale before moving on to the natural minor scale.
With the lectures on the natural minor scale, we will get into a little theory about scales and their relationship to chords. You will be introduced to scale shapes that lend themselves to fast playing that you might hear from guys like Paul Gilbert or John Petrucci.
The discussions on the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales we will expand our knowledge of scale degrees and their relationship to chords.
By completing the course, you will shape yourself into another class of player – able to confidently step into any musical situation.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Close to 50 lectures (with more coming) covering the 5 essential scales for blues, rock, metal, and jazz
- Downloadable PDF diagrams of all scale patterns
- Downloadable, full-band jam tracks (more to come) to apply your new skills
- Video breakdown of each scale and scale position
- Patterns that can be used for practice or for inclusion in your own solos
This lesson explains what a scale actually is and what makes each scale unique. It will also break down the whole fretboard in a way that makes it a little less menacing to think about. at the end of this lesson you will understand what intervals are and how intervals are the building blocks that make up scales.
In this lesson you will begin to learn how to apply the Minor Pentatonic scale to actual music. After completing this lesson you will be ready to start improvising over the jam track provided in the next lecture.
This is just a demonstration of how you can apply the first shape of the minor pentatonic scale over the 12-bar blues jam track (coming up in the next lesson). The demo is purposely kept simple - no bends, no vibrato, no hammer-ons, etc. This is to demonstrate that music can already be made by just knowing one shape of the minor pentatonic.
In this video you will learn the second position of the minor pentatonic scale.
It's time to break out of the box! This video will show you how to connect the two shapes you have learned so that you can move effortlessly between the shapes.
In this video you will learn the third shape of the minor pentatonic.
- Students need a guitar and the drive to learn - that is all!
- Play the minor pentatonic scale, blues scale, natural minor scale, harmonic minor scale, and melodic minor scale in any key anywhere on the fretboard.
- Apply the scale knowledge aquired to improvise solos over chord progressions in various styles.
My name is Adam and I have been playing guitar for over 25 years. I studied music theory and classical guitar in college but my true passion is electric guitar. After college, I attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where I studied with some great instructors including Jimmy Herring. I've got some great courses coming up so stay tuned.