#1
Do I? I mean I've been playing for 4 years, and I've been improvising since I played.

If I do, why? Can't I just make solos out of my head?
#2
they help in your understanding of what to do next and would make it easier to not hit wrong notes.
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#3
If you'v been improving, you probably know the scales, just not their names.
#4
well you'd get a hell of a lot better if you did.

are you talking modes or what scales?
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#6
depends on how good your improvs are.

Scales maybe help a little........ or maybe a lot..... or maybe solos are based off scales sometimes.......

Yes. They help.
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#7
Im not the hugest believer in theory, but no one can deny the scales are really helpful to know
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#9
if ur not a big music theory guy, then scales arent as important to you.

but lots of players don't kno squat bout music, but kno plenty scales
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#10
Yup.

If you want to be a good lead guitarist, or hell, even a good rhythm guitarist its a must know thing.

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#11
No. But they will help you a lot. Start with the pentatonic minor.
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#14
Depends on how your instincts are when your playing. I only know the pentatonic and major and I don't use them. Lately i just know what note should come next depending on how i want it to sound right off the bat.
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#15
Do you have any idea how easy it is to learn the movable Major, minor, and harmonic minor scales?

Do it. Twill help your song writing too.
#17
If you don't know your scales and you're improvising, chances are you sound like ****. You really should know them. You don't really need to know the names just aslong as you know where to use em.
#18
They help, but you don't have to know them. It will help a lot with improvising. And, Chuck Schuldiner from Death didn't now any scales, but he was an amazing guitarist. He could play lead well and his songs were great.