#1
so, right now im working on writing, and its being a pain in the ass. Everything I write is from ear, and could obviously go a lot more if I actually knew what I was doing.

im writing in the direction of this style of music

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i imagine i really need to learn scales and all that good stuff, but every time i look at scales all i see is a bunch of dots on a fret board. If you guys could point me in the direction of how to read, write and use scales; and something that will help me with writing that style of music it would be very appreciated.
#2
first i would stop looking at fretboard diagrams for scales its easy at first to do this, but can make it a little more difficult down the road. ideally i recommend learning all the notes on the fretboard or at least learn how to count them so you can go "ok heres an E, so this next one up is F,then the one after that is F#..... so the one after that is G, which is the note im looking for" then RTFS!!!!!! there is a TON of beginner level music stuff in the stickies.
#3
im not a beginner by any means, ive been playing for a few years

im just a horrible writer, its writing that i need the help with. Not really the playing it
#4
but you did say yourself you didnt really know what you were doing, which sounds to me like if you do know theory, you don't know how to apply it. to me writing it and playing it are the same thing. thats where everything i do comes from, i just grab a guitar and go at it. i recommend this to everyone. usually if you find yourself playing a particular riff days in a row, thats a sign you got a keeper (thats how i judge it at least)
#5
Quote by z4twenny
first i would stop looking at fretboard diagrams for scales its easy at first to do this, but can make it a little more difficult down the road. ideally i recommend learning all the notes on the fretboard or at least learn how to count them so you can go "ok heres an E, so this next one up is F,then the one after that is F#..... so the one after that is G, which is the note im looking for" then RTFS!!!!!! there is a TON of beginner level music stuff in the stickies.

yeah learning shapes will probly just make u think in shapes for music which will make any solo you write pretty much blow