Poll: Favourite Scale, How many keys do you know?
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#1
I just realized that not many guitarists know how to solo in each key, personally I would never limit myself that way, but I'm just wondering what every one else thinks? Most guitarists I know stick to a few keys at the most.


EDIT: Also it would be nice to know your favorite scales you normally use as well.
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Last edited by DSchmitty at Aug 20, 2008,
#2
just transpose the blues scale all over the place.
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#3
I just move the scales all over the place too, so i can solo in any key, but most commonly i'm in Am, Bm and Em.

And i'd say that my favourite scale is the Hungarian Minor scale, also called the gypsy scale. my guitar teacher taught me it
#5
i play a sax so i have to know my scales (well it makes it easier) i generally stick to A minor :p D minor or A major dont really play in flat keys cause i cant think in flats well not fluently
#6
Quote by danielrobbyshor
just transpose the blues scale all over the place.


I second that.
#7
I can't stand to being limited to just one or two scales, I have to know them all kind of thing, but I guess everyone is different.
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#8
Scales: Pentatonic, Blues, Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Ionian/Dorian/Phrygian/Lydian/Mixolydian/Aeolian/Locrian.
Keys: All.
Last edited by ChrisN at Aug 20, 2008,
#9
Quote by ChrisN
Scales: Pentatonic, Blues, Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Ionian/Dorian/Phrygian/Lydian/Mixolydian/Aeolian/Locrian. Keys: All.

Wow that's quite impressive, especially that you have all the modes down as well.
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#10
mixo, blues, pentatonic, natural minor and ionian - I think I use them the most as do most other pleople

It's not that hard to solo with all the scales if you just memorize the notes and where the root is
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#11
know the maj and min pentatonic, natural maj and min all modes, a little of harmonic minor.
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#12
I know minor pentatonic/blues pretty much around the neck. But I know it BEST at Am and Bm. I'm pretty 1-dimensional and that's my greatest downfall
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#13
as soon as you know a scale in one key on guitar. you know it in all keys

you should try learning scales on a piano, thats when it gets impressive
#14
Quote by DSchmitty
Wow that's quite impressive, especially that you have all the modes down as well.
Well I have been playing for 11 and a half years. To be fair I should probably know more.
#15
All??

my fave scale is pentatonic blues . and i know major, minor, dorian, and mixlydonian but not around the whole neck.
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#16
My favourite is the Hexatonic Blues Scale, if there's such thing. It's just mixing the blues scale with the hexatonic, gives a cool sound.

And I know it everywhere. Hell, I can play it on a woman!
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#17
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as soon as you know a scale in one key on guitar. you know it in all keys

you should try learning scales on a piano, thats when it gets impressive

+1

if you can't play a scale in every key across the whole fretboard then you haven't learned it yet.
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#18
You don't really need to know entire keys note by note, you just need to know the root and the different shapes of scale/ how the scale sounds.
#19
my fave is probably A or C natural minor. I know a few least favourite is the scale im trying to get my head around at the moment major blues, sounds weird but its good to have a few more scales under ur belt :P
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#20
I voted all but it's a loaded question to me.

If you know how to play in one key then you can play in any key. It's just a matter of shifting positions. In fact, you should move around and experience new keys and new sounds.

My fav? Whatever sounds good at the moment, I don't think about scales and keys.
#21
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#22
I honestly dont really "know" any scales. I mean I know I can play Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales but I dont actually know them. Keys, forget about it, I have no clue what to tell you about them, I get talking to guitarist and I get lost when they start talking about scales and keys and really anything only guitarists know.

I play in all types of scales and keys, but I dont know anything about them, sadly all I really do is play from listening and tabs. I have been playing about 6 Years and most say im pretty good but I just play from the heart, self taught type of thing. I know im limited and im trying to understand this stuff, but it is hard when you learned to play guitar by teaching yourself from listening to old Cream records and teaching yourself to read tablature.

I play basically the same type of scales Clapton plays, even when I do my own material it is very remniscent of Clapton. So: Minor/ Major Pentatonic, Blues.
#23
Major and Minor. All keys.
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#24
Scales: Minor, Major, Harmonic Minor, D Major/Minor, Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian

Keys: All

I've been playing for about 3 years so I guess music theory is O.K.

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#26
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+1

if you can't play a scale in every key across the whole fretboard then you haven't learned it yet.

+2. It's not THAT difficult on the piano though.

What I know: all modes, the pentas, blues, melodic + harmonic minor.
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#29
I know all the modes and the pent. scales in all keys. I do favor some keys though, such as C, A, E and G. For some reason, I tend to avoid F Minor.
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#30
Quote by ChrisN
Well I have been playing for 11 and a half years. To be fair I should probably know more.
If you don't use them, you might find augmented (all-wholenote-intervals) and diminished (alternate whole-half-whole-half) scales to be really useful.

As for knowing all the modes, if true this is very impressive. Quick, is the IV chord of the Phrygian mode major or minor? Does the VI chord in Locrian involve an add9? Which chords in Lydian mode have a flatted 5th? Nobody is going to learn answers to such questions (much less have these chords seem natural to them) playing blues or metal...
#31
Quote by Kartman
I know all the modes and the pent. scales in all keys. I do favor some keys though, such as C, A, E and G. For some reason, I tend to avoid F Minor.


Maybe you'll like F# minor, after all you liked A major.