#1
Hey everyone,

I was hoping that someone in this forum can help either discussing the topic of fusion scales and exercises or direct me somewhere that would better suit my needs. I've been working with my own knowledge and what I hear for too long and I'd really like to expand my horizons. When I say fusion I should be more informative by adding some sub-genres including prog-rock and jazz, make more sense? Thanks so much for your time!

-David
(Singer and guitarist of Beauty Withdraw)
#2
Melodic minor shizz
like its modes and stuff
really far out chords , or just inversions of some 7th chords sounds pretty fusiony , go for like wide intervals aswell instead of stepwise movement , try allan holdsworth, Frank Gambale

errr if i think of more i'll message it
#3
Thanks a lot man, never heard of holdsworth, but I just checked him out and I'm extremely impressed. I think it's insane that he memorized every scale from the top to bottom of the fingerboard. I guess I have no choice but to do so as well haha.
#4
An easy way to make "fusion scales" is to take segments of the regular major scale and shift parts of them, or add chromatic go-between notes. Although its not based on any music theory, a lot of time simple techniques can make a better "fusion tone" than a lot of melodic minor scales, and so forth.

Example:

lets take a simple major scale run in C major:

|-------------------------10-12-13-12-10-------------------------|
|----------------10-12-13----------------13-12-10----------------|
|--------9-10-12----------------------------------12-10-9--------|
|--10-12--------------------------------------------------9-10---|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|


Now, if we mess with the notes on the top two strings:

|-------------------------10-12-13-14-13-11----13-11--------------------|
|----------------10-12-13-------------------14-------14-13-11-13-11-10--|
|--------9-10-12--------------------------------------------------------|
|--10-12----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----11-10----------------------------------------------------------|
|--12-------12-10-9----10-9------------------------------------------|
|-------------------12------12-10------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|



And play this little bit quickly, you can see that it gets that "fusion-y" feel. A lot of the typical fusion/prog feel is made by switching tonality back and forth in a solo, rather than a particular scale, which is why you may find this approach more helpful than learning new scales.