#1
Hello there. To give you an idea of my guitar playing, I can play a few chords (Em, D, C, G, Am, A, Dm) except barre chords, and i just finished learning most of Enter Sandman by Metallica (i still need to learn some parts). I can play Enter Sandman at half speed mostly cleanly and at full speed with some buzzes and missed notes. My Legato playing is not good, i can do hammer-ons but pull-offs are still not going well.

However, that was not what i made this topic for. Now that i'm starting to learn some songs, and have developed a mediocre rhythm (it's still not fully even), i want to look into musical theory. I want to learn all kinds of scales, shapes, patterns and so on to build solo's out of. I also want to learn many chords, power chords, barre chords, and how to build chords myself.

I prefer to play Metal. Mostly Symphonic/Epic/Power Metal (Rhapsody of Fire, Luca Turilli, Hammerfall), Death Metal, And Metallica/Metallica-like. I like to play ballads too, for example Nightwish - The Islander or Blind Guardian - Nightfall. Next to Metal i love folk and classical music, and some country.

The final question is, what scales do i need to learn, what chords do i need to learn, what patterns and shapes are there, do you have resources and websites where i may learn them, how do i build good songs out of it, etcetera, etcetera?
Last edited by robinlint at Feb 22, 2009,
#3
@Shreyash: That was not very helpful to me. I'm not going to learn ALL scales and ALL chords.
#4
Learn about chord roots etc and the pentatonic scale, however shereyash was right in saying all
#5
Right, start with the major, minor, pentatonic major, pentatonic minor, and blues scales. Also, maybe the harmonic minor scale.

Chords, you need to learn the shape for power chords and barre chords. For barre chords, take the major chord shape using open strings, and shift it up a few frets, then re-arrange your fingers so that your 1st finger is barring the strings where they would have been open originally. Your other fingers then play the rest of the notes.

Learn all the scales in the 1st position (the box shape) first, then start learning the notes in them and working out where the rest of that scale might go.

Finally, good luck :-) I'll comment back if I find any good sites, however if you type guitar chords and scales into google I imagine you'll find some useful sites, and UG probably has some good stuff if you search.
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however shereyash was right in saying all

There are millions of chords, millions pf scales, and millions of variations. At TS's level of playing, there is no point in trying to learn all scales and chords, because many are simply never going to be used...have you ever used an Indian Midgard scale? No? What about oriental modes? No? 17th chords with a flat 9th, sharp 9th and a root note that's out of key? The point is, if TS wants to learn these scales and chords when he gets mroe asdvanced he can, but just starting out there's no pioint, there's too many and it's far too vague a field just to say "all".

Sorry for double post and rant.
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There are millions of chords, millions pf scales, and millions of variations. At TS's level of playing, there is no point in trying to learn all scales and chords, because many are simply never going to be used...have you ever used an Indian Midgard scale? No? What about oriental modes? No? 17th chords with a flat 9th, sharp 9th and a root note that's out of key? The point is, if TS wants to learn these scales and chords when he gets mroe asdvanced he can, but just starting out there's no pioint, there's too many and it's far too vague a field just to say "all".

Sorry for double post and rant.

Thanks for both the first post and the second post.
#9
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There are millions of chords, millions pf scales, and millions of variations. At TS's level of playing, there is no point in trying to learn all scales and chords, because many are simply never going to be used...


I just meant that he he should learn common scales like the pentatonic, but continue to build up his knowledge and variety by learning more as time goes on. It can make you a better player by experimenting like that until you find a scale that you like and can improvise with. As for when i said learn the root notes, i just meant learn what it is that makes up a chord.
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#10
Read the crusade articles on this site and make a new thread with any questions you have, I'll be happy to try to help.
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#11
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Read the crusade articles on this site and make a new thread with any questions you have, I'll be happy to try to help.

Thanks for your offer
What do you mean by crusader articles, though?
#12
It is the title of an article on this website. There are a number of parts and if understood will get you past the basics of music theory.
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#13
I'm with The_Sophist on this one. The Crusade has been the best set of columns on this site that helped me onto the long (sometimes hard) road to theory.