AN INTRODUCTION TO SCALES – FINAL LESSON IN THIS COURSE
WELL DONE – YOU’RE ON THE FINAL LESSON
Congratulations are in order if you have gone through each of lessons previously offered. By now, you should have the ability to play a selection of chords well and be able to change between chords. You should also understand what power chords are and how they are applied. In our Learning Guitar Riffs we looked at how to create great sounding guitar riffs.
INTRODUCTION TO SCALES BOTH MAJOR & MINOR
In this lesson, Gary will introduce you to a couple of scales. The scales are known as open string scales as they utilise open string (non fretted) notes at the bottom of the fretboard. You will see how to play a major scale and a minor scale. These scales are one octave long. Now, although this may sound like they are not very long, they will give you plenty of ideas for creating great melodies and songs.
The main thing to remember is to ensure you take note of what Gary is saying throughout the video in relation to the techniques used. Plectrum technique is a really important aspect of playing single line ideas. Learning scales is not an end unto itself; it’s about learning how to use them to play melodies.
Finally, we have created a backing track which you can see below which is a great way of practicing your scale within a more musical context.
If you’ve enjoyed this course and you can perform all the various ideas and techniques, we’d encourage you to look at another course. Ross Baird is a professional player with a huge amount of experience and has created a wonderful course to take the next step. The course is titled ADVANCING GUITAR. This would be a great way of building on what you can now play.
Remember, check out all our other courses which are viewable at our How To Play Guitar page. If you enjoy printed or ePublications, then check out our Guitar Books For Sale page which details all the current GMI publications.
Play along with the scale as shown in the video and PDF. Create your own melodies and musical ideas over the chord progression provided.