#1
i have been learning scales. i have gotten the pentatonics (all ov em). also other majors and minors. Now What.

somehow i have the idea that i should go through them all at once. i could also do a scale with selected notes. or should i keep the key in mind.

i am totally lost. i don't know where to go with it. HELP!!!
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#3
I think you probably want to have a look into some theory into how the scales come about and what their function is. Then you will properly understand them and be able to use them far far more effectively.
After you know some basic theory, start using it to pick apart the solos from your favourite bands/songs and work out why they sound as good as they do and try an incorporate those things into your playing.
#4
The whole "scalez p4tterns metronome theoryz0rs" attitude of UG simply does not help you (and it doesn't help anybody). I'm glad for you that you discovered this pretty early.
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The whole "scalez p4tterns metronome theoryz0rs" attitude of UG simply does not help you (and it doesn't help anybody). I'm glad for you that you discovered this pretty early.



dont get what you mean?
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#6
Now What.


The answer (always) is make some music.

Scales are groups of notes that work well in certain contexts - if you know all your pent/maj/min scales then you should be finding it easier to construct melodies and move around the fretboard. Spend some time enjoying and improving this.
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dont get what you mean?


He's saying that simply knowing scales doesn't actually help, you also have to learn how to apply the knowledge you have to an actual musical situation if they are to be of any use to you whatsoever.
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#9
Find yourself a backing track from youtube or somewhere and use a scale in that key to make up a melody over it - so if you get a backing track thats in A Major use the A Major scale or the A Major Pentatonic scale over it. If you get a backing track in E minor use the E minor scale or the E minor pentatonic scale over it.

Then learn to harmonise the scale by stacking 3rds, so you can come up with your own chord progressions to play over
#10
Learn how to use those scales you learned into your style of music. Improvise with them.
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#11
Learn how to use them effectively. Come up with a couple of chord progressions and start soloing over them, trying different ideas out. Branch out, experiment.

In my opinion the whole concept of "learn this scale pattern, then this one, then this one, then this one" is a bit backwards. Learn how the music works as a whole, and then just play, you won't go wrong.