Also known as "Gypsy Minor" or "Double Harmonic Minor" this scale produces a fantastic sound for building both melodic lines and chord harmonies.
Have you often wondered what you can do to spice up your solos?
Learning multiple fretboard systems won't make you a better guitar player. In fact, learning a number of systems could turn you into a worse player who consistently gets stuck in the same traps.
In this lesson you'll learn how to select the proper scale over chord progressions.
Learn eleven cool shred picking licks that you can play fast! They're ideal if you're just getting used to alternate picking. I'll also show you exactly how to create your very own licks so you never run out of ideas again!
Welcome to my lesson on scale sequencing! Learn what sequences are, why and how we use them, and get stuck into 4 excellent examples with tabs.
Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, BB King... ever wondered what separates pro players from the rest of us? Vibrato. Anyone can learn to have a great vibrato - it's not down to talent; read on to find out how to get your own unique vibrato.
Know how you can inherently tell the difference between a happy and a sad song? Let's further develop the ear to identify all the modes!
Tired of same old boring guitar scale patterns? This cool video will help you come up with new interesting lines by combining narrow shapes with 3 notes per string.
The complex. Learn about pitch axis, shifting tonal centres and the final remarks for the series.
Confused about modes? Don't know where to start? This super easy to follow lesson will clarify everything!
The Progression. Learn to compose complex modal progressions based on a starting point and a standard shift around any tonal centre.
This video teaches guitar players five unconventional things you can do with the minor pentatonic scale. Let's go!
This is how you should see modes.
Lets take a look at our picking. Here are 3 licks that aren't just about burning through a scale for hours but rather something a little more to work on.
A brief rundown of familiar and not so familiar pentatonic shapes.
In this lesson we'll learn how to create new pentatonic-like shapes that will work over any mode.
Many guitar scales are used to play metal music. Some of them are exotic, some are common. In this lesson I share with you some mix I like of The Egyptian scale and the regular pentatonic old friend.
In this lesson you will be new ways of connecting your pentatonic boxes and break you out of the usual box style of playing the scale.
The Tonal Centre. Learn about suggestive modal play and how to use modes in riffs and solos.
Guitar players are willing to compromise on what they learn because their hands are too small... or are they?
Beginner lesson on all the positions of the Minor Pentatonic scale plus a bonus lick to "break out of the box."
The II V I is one of the most common and important progressions in jazz. So playing over a II V I is a necessary part of being able to play jazz. In this lesson I will give you 3 pentatonic scales to use over a II V I in C, talk a bit about how you use them and give you 3 lines using the pentatonic scales.
The Paperwork. Learn facts and formulae that are necessary when preparing to go modal.
The diminished scale across the entire neck.
Use the 9th interval to spice up your power chords and add some suspense.
Introducing 2 scales that will take you to the next level of the playing blues guitar.
The Backstory - 2009's Modal Approach articles have been revised, simplified and expanding. Part one covers the history of modes and what to think about before you go modal.
A short lesson on learning the 5 shapes of the minor pentatonic scale and how to use them!
Easy formula to shorten your learning curve.
I get a lot of questions on technique building and what to work on to become a better improvisor. This lesson is a demonstration of my vision on how to approach scale practice to get the most benefit out of it from an improvisor's point of view.
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.
Most guitarists learn the pentatonic scale as one of the first things they ever learn on the guitar, and most of the time it is not a scale that we think too much about when we use it. It's just the pentatonic scale and it's something that is in our ears and fingers for years, even if we are already for the rest playing music with extended chords, altered dominants, etc.
In this lesson, we introduce the student using and hearing the modes using just one scale pattern across each of the modes.
Dividing the fretboard in 5 shapes is a commonly used strategy in the CAGED guitar system, but it is impractical, illogical, and there are better alternatives to it.
Learning scales is a must but is often overlooked or botched. Here are the most common mistakes many players do and some tips to avoid them and make the best out of your practicing time.
Get exotic with the Japanese pentatonic scale!
Everywhere you look, somebody has an opinion on why you should or shouldn't learn to play guitar scales. Watch this video to learn why you should, and how best to go about it.
How to apply scales in a simple yet effective way that most guitarists do not do.
Workout both fretting and picking hands with these diminished scale picking patterns. Lesson includes the two basic shapes and three custom ones.
A simple examination of the facts shows that the CAGED scale/arpeggio integration is just superficial.
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.
In this series, you will learn about the pentatonic scale, where it comes from and its shapes and positions.
Understanding intervals is very beneficial not only to your guitar playing, but to your development as a musician.
A quick look at the reasons why this is vital to your musicianship and also how this concept works.
Nearly every guitar player has heard of the 3 note per string modes, but why should you invest the time into learning them?
Learn minor scale and mode shapes on the fretboard by changing one note.
It's easier to remember 7 names to describe the effect than every combination of each scale.
Get ready to jam with a whole new sound.
An easy shift that you can apply to sound more sophisticated and much more interesting while soloing on guitar.
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.
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!
This lesson will help you choose scales to play over II-V-I chord progression in major.
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.
Five easy ways that I do to make you better with guitar scales.
What are major and minor scales?
This one's a nice scale combination anyone could use.
In this lesson I'll talk about three scales that work very good for improvisation.
Examples of how Dorian, Mixolydian and Phrygian can be applied in rock and metal tunes.
How guitar players can move from just playing through scale shapes and start actually playing licks and melodies!
This modes lesson takes a look at placing our focus upon the "tonal note" (the modes tonic) when studying composing and improvising with 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!
Hey guys check out this cool way to smugly zazz up a gentlemanly pentatonic with some sneaky tapping.
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.
In this article I demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the CAGED system and three note per string scale methods.
In this lesson I'll show three pentatonic scales to soloing with in the Dorian mode.
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.
How the modes of; Dorian, Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian can be combined to blend melodic ideas across chord progressions.
Freshen up your improvisations and scale knowledge with this mystical and exotic scale: the Romanian scale. Jam track included!
Learn how to memorize the key signatures of the major and minor scales quickly using the circle of fifths.
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.
This lesson explores the structure and the use of the minor pentatonic with a major 3rd.
Learn how to mix minor and major blues shapes to create unique and interesting box shapes of your own.
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.
In this lesson I'll show inside and alternative scales to the maj7 chord and it's over the Gmaj7 chord!
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.
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!
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.
I'm launching my new channel today with this series on how to better understand the guitar through the 5 position CAGED system.
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.
Learning how to develop scales along the horizontal span of the fingerboard will start introducing some very cool scale ideas for your lead playing!
Learn the 72 Melakarta Ragas of Carnatic/South Indian music easily with a simple trick.
Scales and chords are the EXACT same thing. Here's an explanation of it.
Basic chord scales for chord progressions in songwriting.
This week on the GuitarBlog I'm covering the scales used by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions each week from off of his Guitar Blog website. This week's question.
This lesson contains both the theoretical aspect of the modes and the form they take on your guitar.
In this lesson we are going to explore some of the amazing-weird stuff you can do with a diminished scale!
Jazz guitar great Chuck Loeb shares his six positions which are the basis for easy improvisation over the entire fretboard.
Hey, you! Don't get stuck in a way of thought about practicing scales!
This article shows the intervals for scales and their modes.
How to build a Major scale.
The basics of major scale modes.
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.
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.
A brief lesson on how to extend the minor pentatonic scales to diversify your soloing technique.
Hey guys. Check out my article on an introduction to modes and their characteristics. Let's stop being scared... Together.
Ready for a fresh look at scales? Get ready for theory and using your ear
The idea behind this lesson is practicing in a single position, in this case we're going to use position 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This lesson will be covering an expanded look on the minor pentatonic scale and we will continue my trend of modal playing.
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.
There is so many ways to practice scales... How many do you know?
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.
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.
How to get the most out of your scales and make them work for YOU!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This lesson is to help you not only learn your modes, but also help you practice getting them fluent and fast!
A look at jazz techniques that can be applied to any music style to add flair and dynamism to your playing.
Have you ever wondered how professional players can make a simple pentatonic scale sound interesting and "fresh"?
Scales helping you remembering the fretboard.
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.
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.
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.
A simple lesson for people who are interested in playing Arabic Maqams (scales) on their western instrument.
Lesson to get you guys started on basic scale formulas.
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.
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.
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.
A short guide on how to do wicked soloing.
Learn to understand the minor scales instead of just learning to shred them in this lesson.
A very simple and short lesson on what to do with the modes of the major scale.
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.
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!
I have devised a great way to improve your scale and modal learning. Plus adding a bit of randomness to it too.
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.
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.
In part 2 of this series, I will discuss how to build the major scale.
All the basic knowledge about major scale.
This is a short step by step lesson that will teach you how to derive a "blues scale" easily from a Major Scale.
An interesting pattern found within 3 notes per string scales.
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.
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.
Using minor pentatonics and the A to A method to learn the modes.
Do you ever felt bored with the old minor pentatonics? I've got an idea.
A useful way to approach scales.
Arranging and playing the modes in such a way as to better hear their particular qualities.
Scales are more difficult to play on guitar than you think they should be, and here's why.
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.
The second lesson is on the Ionian scale, which is technically the major scale, so click on the link and learn!
This lesson will teach you a bit of a shortcut when it comes to major and minor scales, using the idea of relative keys.
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?
Here are a few patterns that once attained, will enable the user to easily improvise anywhere on the neck in any key.
Want to add some exotic spices to your improvising? Bored with the same old minor pentatonic flavors? Add these to your musical palate!
Simple box shapes for the modes of the major scale.
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.
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.
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.
This lesson will sum up a few practice exercises that I've come up with to help with position shifting.
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.
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.
An explanation of modes and the formulas for modes - Major Scale modes, Harmonic Minor Modes and Melodic Minor Modes.
Hello, and welcome to day three of CPDmusic's lesson writing marathon.
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!
The 3rd part of the serie. Some theoretical hints and suggestions for your own dodecaphony style.
New Problems of 12-tone guitarists, Schoenberg's old solutions- and a link to our well known Buckethead.
Why are we still using 7 different notes in one single song while we can have all 12 of them?
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.
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.
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.
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.
These scales are meant to increase your knowledge of music and you're familiarity of the fret board.
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.
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.
This lesson shows you how to apply the notes of the pentatonic scale all over the fretboard, in places you may not normally go.
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.
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.
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.
Lesson on scales and modes. Includes modes of the major scale, harmonic minor, and melodic minor.
This is for people who want to get away from doing the pentatonic or blues thing and want to make something of their own.
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.
A way to play ascending 1-2-3-4 runs up the pentatonic scale more fluidly.
An easy to understand lesson that helps with speed building, finger strength, and much more things.
The object of this lesson is to describe the major and minor pentatonic shapes and their uses.
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!
Learn how to navigate the fretboard by using the modes of the major scale while staying in key.
I will try to explain how to remember easily the construction of those scales
A lesson on how to do the penatonic scale easier
This is a listing of all the open position Major scales for bass guitar, in two octaves, written in tab.
Basic guide on how to play the modes of the major scale in order of descending brightness.
A little theory and small reference on scales.
This is an attempt to explain the 'Church Modes' and how all 7 modes are really one large mode.
I explain the boxes and show how they fit together perfectly. I also give some pointers.
These are the formulae for some commonly known and used exotic scales.
Whole Tones scales are under-used in rock music, but their lack of tonal center provide great opportunities for a progressive sound.
Crazy awsome and easy scales to improvise in hard rock, and the modes.
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.
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.
A basic look at the theory of modes with examples from the Gmaj 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.
Soloing is actually easy if you know your scales.
Basically a follow up of the minor pentatonic scale lesson, same thing but in major.
This is a guid to to show every pentatonic on the neck and in every key "A B C D E F G."
This lesson will teach you about the Circle Of Fifths and how it works.
Learn these legendary scales that have shaped rock music into what it is today.
A plot for all notes in the major scales in each key. Great for soloing or creating riffs.
All the notes in the blues scale for each key up to the 24th fret.
Learn these two scales, the harmonic and melodic minor scales through this lesson and start applying them to your playing!
Learn about modes, how to use them, and where to use them. Dictionary of all modes included. All 12 notes with all 7 modes.
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.
This lesson was created specifically for beginner and possibly intermediate guitarists interested in learning guitar scales!
A great lesson for finding out the creation of major and minor scales for those that don't know what they are!
A description of each mode and how it is formed using the minor or major scale.
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.
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.
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.
Everything you'll ever need to know about scales, modes and even a little bit about chords! What more could you possibly want?
A set of 5 scale patterns, and 4 extended scales for Major, Minor, Harmonic Minor, Pentatonic Minor and Pentatonic Major scales.
This will help you learn how to improvise, and eventually write your own songs in the key of C Major.
Do you want to advance your skills and solos? Before you can solo, you must practice scales. An easy guide to starting scales.
The Major Scale is the mother of all scales because all scales relate to the Major Scale. About the Major and Minor Scale. Explained.