guitar scales and modes:
Mixing Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
You can always play the minor pentatonic scale when you are playing some blues solos, but in this quick lesson I will share with you a cool method of mixing a few scales that all can help add more flavor and style to your playing.

POSTED: 09/20/2016 - 12:32 pm

A Simple Yet Very Interesting Way to Apply Modes
How to apply scales in a simple yet effective way that most guitarists do not do.

POSTED: 07/08/2016 - 02:42 pm

Why CAGED for Guitar Doesn't Work Part 1: Inconsistent Picking
Is CAGED the best system to learn guitar scales and chords, or there are better alternatives? Let's examine together the problems of CAGED starting from it effect on your picking hand.

POSTED: 05/13/2016 - 01:16 pm

5 Reasons to Learn Your Scale Intervals
Understanding intervals is very beneficial not only to your guitar playing, but to your development as a musician.

POSTED: 03/15/2016 - 03:17 pm

7 Reasons to Learn Your Scale Harmonizations
A quick look at the reasons why this is vital to your musicianship and also how this concept works.

POSTED: 02/09/2016 - 11:20 am

6 Reasons You Should Learn Your Scale Patterns
Nearly every guitar player has heard of the 3 note per string modes, but why should you invest the time into learning them?

POSTED: 01/11/2016 - 09:37 am

Minor Scales Cheat Sheet for Guitar
Learn minor scale and mode shapes on the fretboard by changing one note.

POSTED: 01/09/2016 - 09:34 am

Modes: Why and How Use Them
It's easier to remember 7 names to describe the effect than every combination of each scale.

POSTED: 12/11/2015 - 12:01 pm

Min7 Alternate Picking Shapes
Get ready to jam with a whole new sound.

POSTED: 12/08/2015 - 08:29 am

How to Shift Between Certain Modes - Part 1
An easy shift that you can apply to sound more sophisticated and much more interesting while soloing on guitar.

POSTED: 12/05/2015 - 09:50 am

Decoding Phrygian Dominant
There's a lot to be left on the table if you are not utilizing this scale in your playing, where you can easily achieve a dark, Eastern-inspired feel.

POSTED: 11/11/2015 - 08:24 am

Interpreting Scales and Chords in Music
Scales and chords in musical theory can seem difficult or convoluted at times. However once you know how to interpret them, they are quite simple!

POSTED: 11/07/2015 - 12:32 pm

Inside and Alternative Soloing Scales for II-V-I Chord Progression in Major With Thomas Berglund
This lesson will help you choose scales to play over II-V-I chord progression in major.

POSTED: 11/06/2015 - 10:17 am

Cmaj7 Alternate Picking Shapes
Here I have arranged the notes of a Cmaj7 chord into some seriously handy scale-like shapes. Pick through these, work them into your own soloing and get ready to jam with a whole new sound.

POSTED: 10/30/2015 - 10:13 am

Five Ways to Get More From Your Guitar Scales Practice
Five easy ways that I do to make you better with guitar scales.

POSTED: 10/30/2015 - 09:06 am

Scales: Major and Minor Scales
What are major and minor scales?

POSTED: 09/03/2015 - 11:01 am

Hybrid 8-Note Scale
This one's a nice scale combination anyone could use.

POSTED: 08/11/2015 - 02:59 pm

Soloing Scales to the Dominant Chord With Thomas Berglund
In this lesson I'll talk about three scales that work very good for improvisation.

POSTED: 07/22/2015 - 03:46 pm

Modes for Rock and Metal Guitar Riffs
Examples of how Dorian, Mixolydian and Phrygian can be applied in rock and metal tunes.

POSTED: 07/21/2015 - 03:19 pm

From Scales to Licks
How guitar players can move from just playing through scale shapes and start actually playing licks and melodies!

POSTED: 07/10/2015 - 02:06 pm

Modes: Tonal Note Focus
This modes lesson takes a look at placing our focus upon the "tonal note" (the modes tonic) when studying composing and improvising with modes.

POSTED: 07/01/2015 - 02:54 pm

Three Octave Modes
Hello everybody! Here is a great lesson to use to play scales diagonally as opposed to playing vertically all the time. Be sure you review my past lesson on 3 Notes per String as this will help you very much through this. Hope you enjoy!

POSTED: 06/29/2015 - 03:29 pm

C# Minor Pentatonic Tap Lick With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out this cool way to smugly zazz up a gentlemanly pentatonic with some sneaky tapping.

POSTED: 06/15/2015 - 02:41 pm

Practising Scales for Guitar - Part 1
Master advanced right and left hand techniques for scale practice whilst incorporating music theory directly into your playing effortlessly. Play with precision, increase speed, stay in time, enhance your right hand technique, learn your chords, arpeggios and scales all at once.

POSTED: 05/14/2015 - 02:05 pm

The Use of Scales
In this article I demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the CAGED system and three note per string scale methods.

POSTED: 05/14/2015 - 01:22 pm

Soloing With Three Pentatonic Scales in the Dorian Mode With Thomas Berglund
In this lesson I'll show three pentatonic scales to soloing with in the Dorian mode.

POSTED: 05/07/2015 - 01:32 pm

Harmonizing the C Scale
Teaching how a scale is harmonized and numbered, such that the student will learn, I chord is major, iii chord is minor, and so on.

POSTED: 05/07/2015 - 12:46 pm

Phrasing With Multiple Modes
How the modes of; Dorian, Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian can be combined to blend melodic ideas across chord progressions.

POSTED: 04/30/2015 - 02:28 pm

The Mystical Romanian Scale
Freshen up your improvisations and scale knowledge with this mystical and exotic scale: the Romanian scale. Jam track included!

POSTED: 04/16/2015 - 12:19 pm

How to Learn Your Scales in No Time Flat
Learn how to memorize the key signatures of the major and minor scales quickly using the circle of fifths.

POSTED: 04/06/2015 - 03:07 pm

Horizontal and Vertical Approaches to Practising Scales
In this lesson, we are going to look at two different approaches to practicing scales. The attached exercise is going to make it easier for you to move between your modes as well as piece together your own scale runs.

POSTED: 03/30/2015 - 12:38 pm

Alterations to the Minor Pentatonic Scale: The Dominant Pentatonic scale
This lesson explores the structure and the use of the minor pentatonic with a major 3rd.

POSTED: 03/25/2015 - 02:29 pm

Create Your Own Custom Blues Shapes
Learn how to mix minor and major blues shapes to create unique and interesting box shapes of your own.

POSTED: 03/25/2015 - 01:48 pm

The Augmented Scale With Jens Larsen
This lesson will shortly describe the augmented scale, how it is constructed and some of the arpeggios it contains. I'll also give a few basic exercises and some melodic ideas that I might use when I use the scale in an improvisation.

POSTED: 03/25/2015 - 01:28 pm

Inside and Alternative Soloing Scales to the Maj7 Chord
In this lesson I'll show inside and alternative scales to the maj7 chord and it's over the Gmaj7 chord!

POSTED: 03/05/2015 - 03:03 pm

How to Make the Blues Scale Your Own
In this lesson you'll learn how to break down the blues scale into fragments in order to come up with your own licks and gain more control over the sound of your blues playing.

POSTED: 01/28/2015 - 03:44 pm

3 Notes Per String Scales/Modes
Hey guys! Here is a simple worksheet that will help guide you through the modes of C Major. I enjoy this because it opens up a whole lot of exercises that I will cover later! Hope you enjoy!

POSTED: 01/23/2015 - 01:23 pm

Am Pentatonic in Under 20 Seconds
My job as a guitar teacher means lots of talking, lots of communicating and lots of patience. Sometimes I want to do none of that to teach something.

POSTED: 01/21/2015 - 12:21 pm

Understanding Guitar With 5-Position System
I'm launching my new channel today with this series on how to better understand the guitar through the 5 position CAGED system.

POSTED: 10/16/2014 - 02:17 pm

Fast Blues Scale Runs with Andrew Wasson
Learn the study approach for working on fast ascending and descending Blues runs. Build your speed up to even faster levels by introducing the use of both sixteenth-note triplets, as well as, thirty-second notes.

POSTED: 09/19/2014 - 02:54 pm

Single String Horizontal Scales with Andrew Wasson
Learning how to develop scales along the horizontal span of the fingerboard will start introducing some very cool scale ideas for your lead playing!

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 12:37 pm

Ultimate Guide to Carnatic/South Indian Melakarta Ragas/Scales
Learn the 72 Melakarta Ragas of Carnatic/South Indian music easily with a simple trick.

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 12:36 pm

Scales ARE Chords!
Scales and chords are the EXACT same thing. Here's an explanation of it.

POSTED: 09/05/2014 - 01:45 pm

Basic Chord Scales
Basic chord scales for chord progressions in songwriting.

POSTED: 09/02/2014 - 01:57 pm

David Gilmour - Scale Concepts with Andrew Wasson
This week on the GuitarBlog I'm covering the scales used by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 01:17 pm

Developing Fingerboard Mobility
Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions each week from off of his Guitar Blog website. This week's question.

POSTED: 05/28/2014 - 03:01 pm

The Modes of the Major Scale: Theoretical and Guitar-Oriented Approach
This lesson contains both the theoretical aspect of the modes and the form they take on your guitar.

POSTED: 05/21/2014 - 03:10 pm

The Amazing Diminished Scales!
In this lesson we are going to explore some of the amazing-weird stuff you can do with a diminished scale!

POSTED: 04/08/2014 - 03:25 pm

Six Positions for Jazz Improv
Jazz guitar great Chuck Loeb shares his six positions which are the basis for easy improvisation over the entire fretboard.

POSTED: 04/08/2014 - 03:07 pm

Creative Scale Practice - Building Up Speed and Technique
Hey, you! Don't get stuck in a way of thought about practicing scales!

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 02:02 pm

Important Scale Intervals
This article shows the intervals for scales and their modes.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 02:27 pm

Building the Major Scale
How to build a Major scale.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 09:22 am

Modes (Major Scale)
The basics of major scale modes.

POSTED: 02/26/2014 - 01:47 pm

Mixed Note-Groupings in Scale Practice
Modern metal relies heavily on quick scale patterns in not only playing leads and solos, but in rhythm as well. It's far too easy to get stuck in a rut playing the same tired scale patterns day in, day out. By mixing various note groupings into your scale work, you can not only improve your technical ability, but your timing, syncopation, and versatility as well.

POSTED: 02/26/2014 - 01:33 pm

Guitar Modes Lesson 1
There are tonnes of lesson all over the internet which spread the wrong approach to what modes are and how they work. This is the first of a few lessons covering the true nature and use of modes.

POSTED: 02/25/2014 - 02:56 pm

The Pentatonic Scale Extensions
A brief lesson on how to extend the minor pentatonic scales to diversify your soloing technique.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 02:51 pm

A Beginner's Guide to Modes & Their Characteristics
Hey guys. Check out my article on an introduction to modes and their characteristics. Let's stop being scared... Together.

POSTED: 01/11/2014 - 04:24 pm

Ready for a fresh look at scales? Get ready for theory and using your ear

POSTED: 01/08/2014 - 02:18 pm

Scales - Think Outside the Box. Part 3
The idea behind this lesson is practicing in a single position, in this case we're going to use position 5.

POSTED: 12/05/2013 - 01:37 pm

Scales for Blues Playing
The following is how I visualize scale patterns for blues soloing. It's a continuation of my Modes for Dummies lesson in which I presented my method for visualizing changing scales while soloing at a given fretboard position.

POSTED: 11/11/2013 - 01:45 pm

Unison Minor Pentatonic Fingerings for Rock Guitar: Lesson 1
In this guitar lesson we're going to look at an interesting way of playing the minor pentatonic scale. It will hopefully get you outside of your comfort zone, and also give you some new ideas for your pentatonic soloing.

POSTED: 11/05/2013 - 02:59 pm

Quick Tips for Learning the Modes Across the Fretboard with Chris Zoupa
Don't be scared of modes across strings and trying to memorise all of it. Here's a simple trick and pattern I use to hastily learn all diatonic scale patterns.

POSTED: 10/29/2013 - 12:29 pm

Pentatonic Scales: How to Avoid Playing the Same Licks Over and Over
Do you like Classic Rock and Blues, but you think that the pentatonic scale is quite limiting for self-expression? After all there rare only 5 notes in it! How much "new" music can be composed with only 5 notes? You'll be surprised.

POSTED: 10/16/2013 - 01:58 pm

Modes for Dummies
An introduction to using modes that uses a) mentally shifting scales and b) shifting notes within a given scale position, to create useful variety in soloing.

POSTED: 10/03/2013 - 03:06 pm

Major Scale Melodic Patterns for Guitar - Lesson 1
In this guitar lesson we'll take a look at a nice sounding melodic pattern. It makes extensive use of third intervals, and also makes for a great exercise for your alternate picking technique!

POSTED: 10/02/2013 - 03:09 pm

Linking Pentatonic Scales & Arpeggios
Every major and minor pentatonic scale has an embedded arpeggio which links perfectly with the chord. Master these new shapes, and you will be able to add a whole new element to your practicing and have better understanding of how scales and chords fit together.

POSTED: 09/30/2013 - 01:15 pm

Scales - Think Outside the Box. Part 2
This next installment of Think Outside the Box turns to alternative scales you can use while composing or improvising. Learn how to create Chord Scales for some really unique sounds.

POSTED: 09/24/2013 - 03:02 pm

Pentatonic Extravaganza
This lesson will be covering an expanded look on the minor pentatonic scale and we will continue my trend of modal playing.

POSTED: 09/02/2013 - 12:35 pm

Scales - Think Outside the Box. Part 1
Thinking outside of the box will give you many new options for playing your scales. This article will show you how to play a single scale all over the fretboard, giving you immediate accessibility wherever you may be playing.

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 03:14 pm

Efficient Scale Practicing. Part 1
There is so many ways to practice scales... How many do you know?

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 01:33 pm

Repeating and Shifting Scale Patterns
Normally when we set out to study our scales we will rehearse patterns in position. However, it is very good to also study shapes that repeat and shift along the neck. Some players have trouble understanding the kinds of, "Shifts," that can happen when playing laterally.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 01:46 pm

The Dominant 7th Pentatonic Scale
The Dominant 7th Pentatonic Scale has several ways that it can be superimposed upon Dominant 7th Chords to create all kinds of really cool melodic ideas.

POSTED: 07/30/2013 - 02:57 pm

Scale Mastery 101 - Part 1
How to get the most out of your scales and make them work for YOU!

POSTED: 07/18/2013 - 01:43 pm

Making the Diminished Scale Sound Bluesy
The Diminished Scale can be used in a manner that allows it to operate within a typical set of Blues changes. In this lesson we'll explore several options for it's application.

POSTED: 07/18/2013 - 11:47 am

Introduction to Minor Scales
Minor scales are a truly amazing and versatile component of making music. In this lesson you will be introduced to the concept of the natural minor scale, how to modify it to create the harmonic and melodic minor varieties, and what the implications are for your soloing.

POSTED: 07/09/2013 - 02:42 pm

9 Reasons Why the CAGED System For Guitar Scales Sucks
It took the help of a good teacher to let go of the CAGED system and discover that there are other systems out there, more functional and less difficult.

POSTED: 06/25/2013 - 07:55 am

Pulling Apart the Major Scale
We all know our modes in major key to be able to play across the neck, but how can we break it down even further?

POSTED: 04/22/2013 - 12:35 pm

Scales Patterns. Part 1
In this lesson I'm going to talk about 3 octave scales and different patterns you can use to play scales in a more creative way.

POSTED: 04/10/2013 - 12:20 pm

Easy Guide To Modes
This lesson is to help you not only learn your modes, but also help you practice getting them fluent and fast!

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 12:33 pm

Jazz Guitar Music For Real Men Part 1: Bebop Scale For Beginners
A look at jazz techniques that can be applied to any music style to add flair and dynamism to your playing.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 10:52 am

3 Ways To Make Your Pentatonic Sound Like Your Guitar Heroes'
Have you ever wondered how professional players can make a simple pentatonic scale sound interesting and "fresh"?

POSTED: 01/30/2013 - 12:50 pm

Scales Helping You Remembering The Fretboard
Scales helping you remembering the fretboard.

POSTED: 01/21/2013 - 12:28 pm

5 Things You'd Better Know if You Practice Scales on Guitar
In this article I will list for you 5 important things you must do after you go through the initial step of memorizing the notes of a new scale.

POSTED: 11/28/2012 - 02:00 pm

Play Your Scales, Modes And Virtually Everything Using Intervals
This is a uniform way to look at your fretboard. By seeing everything as intervals you don't have to reinvent the wheel when you need to play something on the guitar matrix.

POSTED: 11/22/2012 - 01:24 pm

Exotic Scales Guitar Lesson
This video guitar lesson teaches a hybrid exotic scale derived from the phrygian dominant and harmonic minor modes. In the key of E, our new scale is known as the double harmonic minor or Byzantine scale. This scale is good for giving us Egyptian or Spanish sounding music.

POSTED: 11/02/2012 - 02:42 pm

Middle Eastern Maqams: Scales Lesson
A simple lesson for people who are interested in playing Arabic Maqams (scales) on their western instrument.

POSTED: 10/19/2012 - 01:23 pm

Basic Scale Formulas
Lesson to get you guys started on basic scale formulas.

POSTED: 10/18/2012 - 02:30 pm

Blowing Your Mind With The Pentatonic Scale
A quick lesson in theory and technique to help break you out of the typical minor pentatonic scale ruts like the "box" position and bring a refreshing out look to using this common scale.

POSTED: 10/17/2012 - 02:36 pm

Simplistic Breakdown Of Modes
In this lesson we will take a simplistic look at what modes are, how they are derived, and how we can apply them to play music on our guitars.

POSTED: 10/04/2012 - 02:27 pm

Theory Note Position Up Neck
Memorizing the notes on the neck, using all notes in the key of C Major moving straight up each string. Starting on the open string all the way up to 12th fret.

POSTED: 09/18/2012 - 02:28 pm

Solo Improvisation
A short guide on how to do wicked soloing.

POSTED: 09/17/2012 - 11:11 am

Useful Music Theory Part 3: The Three Minor Scales
Learn to understand the minor scales instead of just learning to shred them in this lesson.

POSTED: 09/03/2012 - 12:02 pm

The Right Way To Learn Modes
A very simple and short lesson on what to do with the modes of the major scale.

POSTED: 08/28/2012 - 01:43 pm

Fighting Back Against Modal Misconceptions. Part 1
Think you fully understand the concept of 'Modes'? Check this article out to see if you truly know what modes are and how to use them.

POSTED: 08/24/2012 - 01:54 pm

Useful Music Theory Part 1: The Major Scale And Intervals And Getting A Basis For All Future Music Theory
The major scale and the intervals that come from it are the basis for virtually all music theory. Learn them properly, and you can learn anything!

POSTED: 08/20/2012 - 01:32 pm

A Great Way To Improve Your Scale And Modal Playing
I have devised a great way to improve your scale and modal learning. Plus adding a bit of randomness to it too.

POSTED: 08/09/2012 - 12:39 pm

The Quickstart Formula For Learning New Guitar Scales
I'm going to show you a way to learn any new scale and actually be able to use it to improvise in just 15 minutes.

POSTED: 07/04/2012 - 07:58 am

Relocating Melodic Passages
One fingerboard shape can be relocated to other areas creating new melodic lines. This simple idea can help players build lines when soloing or composing much faster than simply relying on full scales alone.

POSTED: 05/22/2012 - 06:46 am

All About Scales. Part 2 - Building The Major Scale
In part 2 of this series, I will discuss how to build the major scale.

POSTED: 05/11/2012 - 09:22 am

Major Scale Ionian Mode Revision
All the basic knowledge about major scale.

POSTED: 05/07/2012 - 06:35 am

Step By Step Lesson For Easily Deriving A Blues Scale
This is a short step by step lesson that will teach you how to derive a "blues scale" easily from a Major Scale.

POSTED: 05/04/2012 - 07:03 am

Interesting Patterns
An interesting pattern found within 3 notes per string scales.

POSTED: 04/30/2012 - 06:33 am

10 Useful Scales In The Key Of A
This lesson will help you with more useful scales than just A minor pentonic scale that every one loves to use. Each one has there own flavor full sound that will make your solos and practices less boring. All in the key of A.

POSTED: 04/10/2012 - 12:47 pm

All About Scales. Part 1 - The Chromatic Scale
The first installment in a series of lessons about scales, which discusses in depth the Chromatic Scale and the basic building blocks of music that help us create it.

POSTED: 04/02/2012 - 08:28 am

The A To A Of Scales. Part 3: Modes
Using minor pentatonics and the A to A method to learn the modes.

POSTED: 03/29/2012 - 09:09 am

Guide To Creating Your Own Scales
Do you ever felt bored with the old minor pentatonics? I've got an idea.

POSTED: 03/22/2012 - 08:00 am

The A To A Of Scales
A useful way to approach scales.

POSTED: 03/21/2012 - 07:17 am

Modal Arpeggios Hear The Darkness
Arranging and playing the modes in such a way as to better hear their particular qualities.

POSTED: 03/02/2012 - 07:13 am

Why Scales Arent As Easy As You Might Think
Scales are more difficult to play on guitar than you think they should be, and here's why.

POSTED: 01/19/2012 - 08:37 am

C Major Scale Pos 2 - 'Jazz' Vs 'Rock'
This week I am demonstrating C major scale, 2 fingerings for the scale which come in handy when playing certain styles of music as the title implies.

POSTED: 01/17/2012 - 07:33 am

Starting To Learn The Scales. Part 2
The second lesson is on the Ionian scale, which is technically the major scale, so click on the link and learn!

POSTED: 01/09/2012 - 07:00 am

A Shortcut For Learning Scales
This lesson will teach you a bit of a shortcut when it comes to major and minor scales, using the idea of relative keys.

POSTED: 01/05/2012 - 06:50 am

Easy Modes For Lazy Players
We have all seen a million articles, books, vid's, etc. on modes and most of us, to be frank, don't require that kind of information overload. For us rock players, let's keep it simple, right?

POSTED: 10/03/2011 - 07:40 am

A Comprehensive Pentatonic Formula
Here are a few patterns that once attained, will enable the user to easily improvise anywhere on the neck in any key.

POSTED: 07/22/2011 - 07:59 am

Relative Aeolian Ragas
Want to add some exotic spices to your improvising? Bored with the same old minor pentatonic flavors? Add these to your musical palate!

POSTED: 07/18/2011 - 06:40 am

Movable Major Modal Box Shapes
Simple box shapes for the modes of the major scale.

POSTED: 04/12/2011 - 11:39 am

Learning Modes. Part Two
A continuation of of my last lesson, Learning Modes. This lesson will cover the same modes in application to the fretboard and how to be able to easily play them. You will also be introduced to a pattern technique used on the fretboard in use with modes and guitar playing in general.

POSTED: 03/28/2011 - 10:05 am

Learning Modes
This lesson will teach about the modes, give you songs to listen to for the modes, and be able to see in notes how the modes work out in theory.

POSTED: 03/25/2011 - 11:35 am

Applying 3rd Intervals To The Major Scale
Tired of practicing your scales straight up and down? This article will help you bring some life to your scales, and train your ears at the same time.

POSTED: 03/04/2011 - 12:09 pm

Position Shifting
This lesson will sum up a few practice exercises that I've come up with to help with position shifting.

POSTED: 02/04/2011 - 11:33 am

Power Of The Alphabet Mastering Improvisation With Modal Scales
This lesson is for lead guitarists looking to better their improvisations and solos by utilizing the ENTIRE fretboard using the famed "modes." Using your knowledge of the alphabet, and the skills provided in this lesson, you can become the king of improvised leads.

POSTED: 01/25/2011 - 09:54 am

Position Shifting With The Chromatic Scale
Position shifting is a very important part of playing the guitar. Here is an easy way to practice the chromatic scale and position shifting at the same time.

POSTED: 12/23/2010 - 09:38 am

Modes Explained - How To Apply In A Solo
An explanation of modes and the formulas for modes - Major Scale modes, Harmonic Minor Modes and Melodic Minor Modes.

POSTED: 09/27/2010 - 01:26 pm

Unorthodox Tonalities II
Hello, and welcome to day three of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon.

POSTED: 09/06/2010 - 01:33 pm

Major Scale Modes
It is September the second, day two of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon, and we are going to start off by looking at the basic major scale modes. Enjoy!

POSTED: 09/03/2010 - 08:24 am

12 Tones To Get Attention III
The 3rd part of the serie. Some theoretical hints and suggestions for your own dodecaphony style.

POSTED: 08/06/2010 - 01:27 pm

12 Tones To Get Attention II
New Problems of 12-tone guitarists, Schoenberg's old solutions- and a link to our well known Buckethead.

POSTED: 08/05/2010 - 12:17 pm

12 Tones To Get Attention
Why are we still using 7 different notes in one single song while we can have all 12 of them?

POSTED: 08/04/2010 - 12:20 pm

Unorthodox Tonalities
You may have noticed this lesson has a somewhat strange title, Unorthodox Tonalities. That's really just a fancy way of saying Weird Scales You Probably Don't Use or Hear Of That Often.

POSTED: 07/13/2010 - 08:00 am

Third Lines. Part III: Ideas To Work On
This is part III of a Three Part Series on Third Lines. Looking at all the notes, every other note at a time. Caught playing the same scale two solos in a row. This will help break those scales into building blocks. Build your modes and chords from stacked third lines.

POSTED: 06/28/2010 - 10:49 am

Third Lines: CAGED Position
This is part II of a III part series on third lines. Thirds are the building blocks for chords. Learn them. It will pay off. WARNING: Work and thinking involved.

POSTED: 05/21/2010 - 08:26 am

Third Lines: One Note Per String
Thirds sound great. They are musical. They are the building blocks for the basic chords. Here they are. The 7 one note per string diatonic third lines. Learn them inside out. You will thank me later.

POSTED: 04/20/2010 - 08:09 am

Common Beginning Scales That Can Help Your Fingers Become More Accustom To The Fretboard
These scales are meant to increase your knowledge of music and you're familiarity of the fret board.

POSTED: 04/13/2010 - 08:24 am

Harmonic Minor Diatonic Modes
Well by know most of you have mastered the diatonic modes, so this lesson covers the're harmonic counterparts. The Harmonic Minor scale is very exotically middle eastern sounding, and its modes are used throughout all genres of music.

POSTED: 02/23/2010 - 09:47 am

Seven Strings I: Scale Patterns
You've just bought your first 7 string guitar! Now what do you do with that extra string? The first in a series of lessons to guide you through the transition from 6 to 7 strings.

POSTED: 11/30/2009 - 12:12 pm

Extension Of Pentatonic Minor Scales
This lesson shows you how to apply the notes of the pentatonic scale all over the fretboard, in places you may not normally go.

POSTED: 11/05/2009 - 12:15 pm

Scales For Absolute Beginners
This lesson is designed for those who know nothing at all about music scales. It will explain what scales are, teach you how to play your first scales, and give you some suggestions for further development.

POSTED: 10/29/2009 - 12:20 pm

Minor Pentatonic Over 3 Octaves
Although I will be focusing predominantly on playing the Minor Pentatonic Scale over 3 octaves, this lesson will give you the tools you need to take your first major steps in improvising and soloing.

POSTED: 10/16/2009 - 12:00 pm

Scales How To Avoid Patterns
When just starting to learn scales, a lot of you will hear about learning intervals rather then patterns. This can often sound very confusing for beginners. Here I'll present you with a method I used myself that puts emphasis on the intervals and figuring out scales by yourself, instead of just following random patterns.

POSTED: 10/13/2009 - 10:21 am

Scales And Their Modes
Lesson on scales and modes. Includes modes of the major scale, harmonic minor, and melodic minor.

POSTED: 07/24/2009 - 11:07 am

Scale Synthesis Method
This is for people who want to get away from doing the pentatonic or blues thing and want to make something of their own.

POSTED: 07/15/2009 - 11:59 am

The Circle Of Fifths Explained
In this Lesson, I'm going to teach you the basics of the circle of fifths. This is just a straight up easy to understand lesson.

POSTED: 07/10/2009 - 12:41 pm

Quick Ascending Pentatonic Runs
A way to play ascending 1-2-3-4 runs up the pentatonic scale more fluidly.

POSTED: 07/01/2009 - 09:13 am

The Major Scale
An easy to understand lesson that helps with speed building, finger strength, and much more things.

POSTED: 04/28/2009 - 11:34 am

Major And Minor Pentatonics
The object of this lesson is to describe the major and minor pentatonic shapes and their uses.

POSTED: 04/08/2009 - 11:48 am

In-Depth With The Pentatonic
The pentatonic is probably the most famous scale. Good for beginners, great sounding in the hand of professionals. This lesson covers the basics on pentatonics and shows how can you turn it into a powerful tool!

POSTED: 04/02/2009 - 09:12 am

Modes Of The Major Scale
Learn how to navigate the fretboard by using the modes of the major scale while staying in key.

POSTED: 03/31/2009 - 01:00 pm

Construction Of Major, Minor And Pentatonic Scales
I will try to explain how to remember easily the construction of those scales

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 02:06 pm

Penatonic Minor Scale For Starters
A lesson on how to do the penatonic scale easier

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 11:22 am

2 Octave Open Position Major Scales For Bass Guitar
This is a listing of all the open position Major scales for bass guitar, in two octaves, written in tab.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 01:33 pm

The Modes In Order Of Descending Brightness
Basic guide on how to play the modes of the major scale in order of descending brightness.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 01:50 pm

Learning the scales
A little theory and small reference on scales.

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 02:02 pm

Church Modes
This is an attempt to explain the 'Church Modes' and how all 7 modes are really one large mode.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 03:02 pm

The Boxes And How They Fit Together
I explain the boxes and show how they fit together perfectly. I also give some pointers.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:19 pm

Common Exotic Scales
These are the formulae for some commonly known and used exotic scales.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 02:37 pm

Hexatonic: The Whole Tone Scales
Whole Tones scales are under-used in rock music, but their lack of tonal center provide great opportunities for a progressive sound.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 01:42 pm

Shred In EB
Crazy awsome and easy scales to improvise in hard rock, and the modes.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:23 pm

The Pentatonic Scale
The pentatonic scale, or bread and butter of all things rock, may very well be the most reliable set of intervals ever devised. Yes, they are essentially only diatonic scales with the second and sixth note removed, but pentatonic scales are really so much more.

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 12:42 pm

Play Everywhere
This lesson is about the major scale in all locations on the neck, in box forms, and extended forms. Also, how to overlap your scales and modes with pentatonic scales, and building scales anywhere on the neck quickly.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 03:01 pm

A basic look at the theory of modes with examples from the Gmaj scale.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 02:46 pm

CAGED System For The Blues Scale
Here is the blues boxes for the C-A-G-E-D system and I have tabbed out five boxes for each key. This should be a good starting point for those who want to do lead blues work.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 05:17 pm

Learning The Art Of Soloing
Soloing is actually easy if you know your scales.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 05:43 pm

Major Pentatonic Scales
Basically a follow up of the minor pentatonic scale lesson, same thing but in major.

POSTED: 06/13/2006 - 11:10 am

Minor Pentatonic Scales
This is a guid to to show every pentatonic on the neck and in every key "A B C D E F G."

POSTED: 05/25/2006 - 12:52 pm

The Circle Of Fifths
This lesson will teach you about the Circle Of Fifths and how it works.

POSTED: 01/31/2006 - 12:09 pm

Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
Learn these legendary scales that have shaped rock music into what it is today.

POSTED: 10/06/2005 - 04:51 pm

Major Scales
A plot for all notes in the major scales in each key. Great for soloing or creating riffs.

POSTED: 05/18/2005 - 12:27 pm

Blues Scales
All the notes in the blues scale for each key up to the 24th fret.

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 02:14 pm

Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
Learn these two scales, the harmonic and melodic minor scales through this lesson and start applying them to your playing!

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 12:41 pm

Modes With Mode Dictionary
Learn about modes, how to use them, and where to use them. Dictionary of all modes included. All 12 notes with all 7 modes.

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 12:09 pm

Scale Shapes In CAGED System
The most convenient forms of the 5 scales shapes which can be used to play the major/minor scales and all the modes, and how they fit together under the CAGED system.

POSTED: 03/09/2005 - 02:47 pm

Scales For Beginners
This lesson was created specifically for beginner and possibly intermediate guitarists interested in learning guitar scales!

POSTED: 03/09/2005 - 02:37 pm

Major Scales Explained
A great lesson for finding out the creation of major and minor scales for those that don't know what they are!

POSTED: 01/19/2005 - 02:33 pm

Modes Explained
A description of each mode and how it is formed using the minor or major scale.

POSTED: 12/16/2004 - 12:47 pm

Guide To Learning Scales
This article is really for people who are at least somewhat coordinated as far as their fretting hand and picking hand working in unison are concerned.

POSTED: 07/21/2004 - 06:59 am

Segovia Scales. The Importance Of Scales.
Here's a few scale patterns developed by the classical guitar master, Andres Segovia to help aid you in you quest to become a fretboard master.

POSTED: 07/21/2004 - 06:33 am

Major Pentatonics: Major Fun
Everybody says pentatonics are the way to go for improvisation, but you have no idea how they work? Here is the lesson on pentatonics which is easy and fun.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 01:09 pm

Definitive Scales
Everything you'll ever need to know about scales, modes and even a little bit about chords! What more could you possibly want?

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 10:02 am

Scales Patterns
A set of 5 scale patterns, and 4 extended scales for Major, Minor, Harmonic Minor, Pentatonic Minor and Pentatonic Major scales.

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 09:42 am

C Major Scales
This will help you learn how to improvise, and eventually write your own songs in the key of C Major.

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 09:33 am

Scales Made Easy
Do you want to advance your skills and solos? Before you can solo, you must practice scales. An easy guide to starting scales.

POSTED: 04/30/2004 - 02:08 pm

Major And Minor Scale Revisited
The Major Scale is the mother of all scales because all scales relate to the Major Scale. About the Major and Minor Scale. Explained.

POSTED: 04/01/2004 - 11:06 am