Pretty simple question hopefully. Having had a look at all the scales available for me to learn , ive finally decided im gonna focus on learning the various modes (Ionian, Dorian, Locrian etc), and the 5 shapes of the minor pentatonic scale. I'd prefer to play hard rock and metal, so which do you think would be the best way to go first? Im not planing on neglecting any area, i just need to know where the absolute fundamentals lie.
Pentatonic first definately. Do Ionian next as it's the basis of all of the modes, and then since you're into metal try Phrygian.
Ok, ill give that a go. Its what i was leaning towards anyway, looks easier :P.
Start off with the major and minor scales, then go dabbling into the modes. If you're interested in dark sounds try fooling around with the aeolian mode, a la Tony Iommi.