The Basics. Part 4

author: petergillies date: 01/27/2005 category: the basics
rating: 7.1 / votes: 24 
Please read The Basics 1, 2 & 3 before trying this lesson! Lead Guitar: In the previous lesson you were shown how to play the main riff of Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple. I only wrote it down to keep you calm and sane. I know the feeling of starting out and wanting to play some songs and solos. How about, instead of copying other people's solos, why not make your own? I will show you how. This work is quite advanced for that if you are a beginner. However if you spend the time and get to the point where you understand it, this will prove to be worth it. In most rock and pop soloing, the Major scale would have to be the most common. There are many other scales like the blues, pentatonic etc. however we will be looking at the Major scale here. The Major scale consists of 5 shapes. The C, A, G, E and D shapes. (Also known as the "CAGED" method). This meaning that for example, the C Major scale would have 5 different finger shapes in the scale on the guitar fret board. Here is the C Major scale in the C shape. This shape is made up of what looks like a C chord. I will put the names of the notes played above the TAB.
   E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G
e--------------------------------------------0--1--3----|
B-----------------------------------0--1--3-------------|
G-----------------------------0--2----------------------|
D--------------------0--2--3----------------------------|
A-----------0--2--3-------------------------------------|
E--0--1--3----------------------------------------------|
Notice all that is happening here is that the notes just go up in order from A to G and looped. It just so happens that the C Major scale has no flats or sharps. However this is different for every other Major scale. To get your brain working, I will give you the next shape, being A (*remember CAGED). Then you should work out the rest of the 5 shapes of the C Major scale for yourself. The CAGED method will help you in this. See how the first shape, the C shape looked like a C? Same with the A shape looking like an A (barre chord). If you don't know barre chords yet, you might find yourself getting confused. In which you should either ask you private teacher, school teacher or anyone available to show you. So here is the A Shape.
   G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A
e--------------------------------------------3--5-------|
B-----------------------------------3--5--6-------------|
G--------------------------2--4--5----------------------|
D-----------------2--3--5-------------------------------|
A--------2--3--5----------------------------------------|
E--3--5-------------------------------------------------|
Now, off to work! Learn these two scales and try to work out the other 3. I will have the other 3 in the next lesson. I assure that you will be better if you work it out yourself instead of reading it and thinking "oh ok, I understand now." Work them out and then see if you are right by looking at the answers. Work at it and it will pay off!
More petergillies lessons:
+ The Basics. Part 6 The Basics 01/27/2005
+ The Basics. Part 5 The Basics 01/27/2005
+ The Basics. Part 3 The Basics 01/27/2005
+ The Basics. Part 2 The Basics 07/15/2004
+ The Basics. Part 1 The Basics 04/30/2004
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