Segovia Scales. The Importance Of Scales.

author: Guitarro777 date: 07/21/2004 category: scales
rating: 7.5 / votes: 34 
Just some basic scales. You might say, "Oh man, this is boring!" But keep in mind that although you have learned every Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, and Yngwie Malmsteem lick ever made, there is one thing behind it, and that is scales. My theory is that if you practice just the basics, then you can the more advanced stuff later. I didn't pull this theory out of my butt, my guitar teacher (who is awesome)told me this and I've been doing this and it's been working for me. I have nothing against learning licks but I'm against practicing those licks as excercises for 4 horus everyday. But there's nothing wrong with practicing an etude just as long as scales are you main thing. So why are these scales so important? If you practice these scales everyday (and just scales) whenever someone shows you a cool lick with weird fingerings, you'll be able to master it quickly because through scales, you have given your fingers the strenghth and agility they need to master that lick. Also an advantage to learning scales is that you'll be able to learn your fretboard better. When I'm in jazz band, and my teacher tells me to play a solo to a song in the key of Cm, my brain automatically knows where every note in that key is on the whole neck of my guitar. These Segovia scales aren't the wimpy one-octave- same-postion scales you know at the moment (or maybe don't know). No, these scales are 2 and 3 Octave Scales that take you all over the fretboard. These have helped me out a lot in the 3 areas I previously talked about. So here are the scales. Next time, I'll explain how to practice them and what the fingerings are, but for now, experiment with them your self. By the way, these aren't ALL the scales, only 4 of them. If you want all the scales you can buy the Segovia scales at Amazon or something. They aren't in tab though, dont be lazy challenge yourself and try to sight read them!
C               |               |               |                
|------------------------------------------------5---7---8---7---|
|------------------------------------5---6---8-------------------|
|--------------------2---4---5---7-------------------------------|
|--------2---3---5-----------------------------------------------|
|3---5-----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|5---------------------------------------------------------------|
|----8---6---5---------------------------------------------------|
|----------------7---5---4---2-----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------5---3---2-----------------------|
|--------------------------------------------5---3---------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 Am (Melodic)    |               |               |                
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------9---10--12--|
|--------------------------------------------9---11--------------|
|--------------------------------9---10--12----------------------|
|------------5---7---9---11--12----------------------------------|
|5---7---8-------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|----10--12--14--16--17--15--13--12--10--------------------------|
|13--------------------------------------13--12--10--------------|
|----------------------------------------------------12--10--9---|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|7---------------------------------------------------------------|
|----10--9---7---------------------------------------------------|
|----------------10--8---7---------------------------------------|
|----------------------------10--8---7---5-----------------------|

 G               |               |               |                
|------------------------------------------------------------5---|
|------------------------------------------------5---7---8-------|
|--------------------------------2---4---5---7-------------------|
|--------------------2---4---5-----------------------------------|
|--------2---3---5-----------------------------------------------|
|3---5-----------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|7---8---10--12--14--15--14--12--10--8---7-----------------------|
|--------------------------------------------10--8---7-----------|
|--------------------------------------------------------9---7---|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|10--9---7-------------------------------------------------------|
|------------10--9---7---5---3---2-------------------------------|
|------------------------------------5---3-----------------------|

 Em (Melodic)    |               |               |                
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------8---9---11--|
|--------------------------------4---5---7---9---11--------------|
|----------------2---4---6---7-----------------------------------|
|0---2---3---5---------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|----------------11--12--10--8---7-------------------------------|
|----10--12--14----------------------10--8---7-------------------|
|12----------------------------------------------9---7-----------|
|--------------------------------------------------------10--9---|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 |               |               |               |                
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|7---------------------------------------------------------------|
|----10--9---7---5---3---2---------------------------------------|
|----------------------------5---3-------------------------------|
So peace out and see you next time. Message me if you have any questions.
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