#1
So Im stuck in the biggest rut I have ever been in, all I use is pentatonics for soloing, like I'm at the point where thats all I can use. You guys wanna help me out
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#3
Simple. Try to learn other scales. Some scales that sound good and are not used that much are the Harmonic Minor and the Phrygian Dominant. Those 2 scales sound very exotic and middle estearn. You will like them
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Simple. Try to learn other scales. Some scales that sound good and are not used that much are the Harmonic Minor and the Phrygian Dominant. Those 2 scales sound very exotic and middle estearn. You will like them
No.

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Learn other scales and modes.
No.

You have to learn the basics of the major scale and diatonic harmony before you explore more advanced topics. You will not understand the more advanced material without knowing the basics.
#6
just learn about modes, and when to apply them. there's really nothing wrong with the pentatonic scale, as long as you can make it sound somewhat original.
#7
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just learn about modes, and when to apply them. there's really nothing wrong with the pentatonic scale, as long as you can make it sound somewhat original.


+1

Many guitarists have built careers out of never venturing from the pentatonic. Some criticise them for being unoriginal, some praise them for using the same scale in so many different ways.
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just learn about modes
Again, no. Modes are a lot of fun, but to jump from pentatonic scales to modes without learning the major scale leads to confusion and flawed knowledge.
#9
Sue has a point, start with the basics if you really want to understand what you are doing.

But still.... scales and modes are great to learn, but it seems like a lot of guitarists I know are forgetting that they posses the greatest musical tool in the world:

Your Ear.
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#10
I know the major, minor and a few modes, phrygian, dorian, lydian ect. the thing im having problems with is applying them to my playing
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#11
Well, the point I was trying to make is (Music theory masters, forgive me lol) to forget about scales.

Don't think "Oh let me try this scale, to see if it works"

Rather, think "Oh let me try this note, to see if it works"

Try stuff out, figure out what works and what doesn't work. This is how you get the solos in your head to actually manifest. Not because you know where "that scale is" , but because you know where that "sound" is in the particular context.

^is this making any sense at all? lol
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I know the major, minor and a few modes, phrygian, dorian, lydian ect. the thing im having problems with is applying them to my playing

If you can't create anything interesting from the minor pentatonic you won't be able to create anything interesting from any other scales either.

There are no boring scales, just boring guitarists.
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If you can't create anything interesting from the minor pentatonic you won't be able to create anything interesting from any other scales either.

There are no boring scales, just boring guitarists.


This;

If you know those scales, but can't apply em, then you don't understand them.


Either that or you lack musical creativity.

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