#1
what exactly is a scale? i keep hearing about them. If i've understood correctly scales are usually used a lot in solos. what are some easy, starter scales and some more difficult ones?

in a secondary question, what is a good Blues solo, or a couple of them? John Mayer, who is a big influence on me, seems to have a few blues solos that i really like (particularly on Continuum).
#3
Scales are a series of notes between two of the same notes.
C Major, for example, is C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and C.
If a solo were written in C Major, the most appropriate notes to be played are in the scale. F sharp (F#), for example, would not sound very nice.

There is a blues scale, and it is 1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7, 8
In key of C, it is...
C, Eb, F, Gb, G, Bb, C.
Of course, scales can be 'transposed' into different keys. You don't have to play scales in C, it is just the easiest scale to example with.
If I wanted to play in G, I would transpose everything a fifth.
#5
^ Actually I thought that the major pentatonic was the blues scale, but i'm probably wrong :P
more sig required.
#6
^--The pentatonic major and the blues scale are indeed different.

what are some easy, starter scales


Learn the major scale first. It is the backbone of all things theoretical.
#7
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^--The pentatonic major and the blues scale are indeed different.



Learn the major scale first. It is the backbone of all things theoretical.

+1

First learn the notes on the fretboard, then the major scale.

Read The Crusade articles by Josh Urban in the columns section too, they're really helpful
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