week we're going to take a look at what it takes to become a solo
guru. Many of you have emailed me over the last two weeks asking
for tips on soloing and scales. I've heard your cry!
just so happens that the last installment of our new practice regimen,
PACS, deals with how to practice scales like the pros. We'll cover
everything you need to know to get started with soloing by taking
a look at proper practice techniques for scales.
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lets dive right in!
the proper foundation...
you confused yet?
remember how intimidated I was of scales when I first started out
on guitar. Lets face it. There's literally thousands of variations
of them and they have the tendency to sound like nails on a chalk
board if you don't know what you're doing.
there's that whole, "Is this the right fingering?" dilemma
or the, "Is this the correct way of playing it?" factor.
you go and read one of your favorite guitar magazines only to see
some professional guitarist list off hundreds of major and minor
scales. They go into detail about how they found the tonic of some
exotic scale that you've never heard of.
top it off and really keep you confused, you may then hear from
a famous guitarist who only uses a few select scales to get their
sound. Where do you go next?
the basics down.
aren't the beasts that everyone makes them out to be. The truth
is, in Western music there are select scales that are very popular
and the rest are sort of like a bonus.
what scales are used for what and how to finger them will take much
of the anxiety away. The first major problem that many of my students
face is that they make life harder for themselves by not fingering
the scale correctly.
proper fingering does is make the most out of the space that is
available on the fretboard. On your fretting hand, you have four
fingers that are numbered. Each finger will be responsible for a
certain area of the fretboard. Take a look at what fingers represent
numbers will appear over many professional scales that you see.
When you see a number that isn't a part of the music or tab, it
indicates which finger it wants you to use to produce that note.
will find that when you are playing scales, the fingerings will
follow a certain pattern. Although they may go around different
frets, the finger responsible for that general area will be there
to hit it. See this example to see what I mean:
the pattern of your first, third and fourth finger? The fourth finger
takes care of the long stretches and the first and third are responsible
for the closer distances. This is designed to increase your speed
pattern essentially goes 1-4 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-4 and ends on a 1. That's
not too bad is it?
in mind that when you are playing scales and there's a nice little
fret jump, like seen above on the low E string, then you should
use your pinkie finger. This may be a little bit painful at first
but I highly recommend you keep at it. Practice a scale that needs
your pinkie finger every day and before you know it, your pinkie
will be as strong as your other fingers.
you are playing notes that are really close, use your first and
second finger. If you are playing notes that are around a fret or
two away, try using your third finger.
too many players rely only on their first, second and third fingers.
While this may seem comfy when you are starting out, you will find
that it will wear off quickly and you won't be near as fast as you
scales are used for different styles?
here's the source of confusion for many people. What kind of scale
are you supposed to use to play your favorite genre of music? We're
going to list all of the ones you should know for the type of music
you like to play.
Scale: The major scale is everywhere you look in modern music.
No matter what your style, the major scale is one that you're going
to want to know. There are many forms of the major scale, both movable
and stationary. I recommend you learn all of the major scales because
it will serve you as a great reference tool and a cool warm up.
major scale includes quite a few notes but don't get frustrated
because they are all in a pattern. From this movable scale below,
you can play all of the major scales.
note of the fingerings for this scale and try your best to memorize
them. After a couple of practice sessions it will be a piece of
cake! Take a look at the rest of the major scales you can produce
using this fingering pattern.
to advanced players, all scales shown below are in Ionian form.
those scales in your arsenal, you can eventually work up your speed
and do warm-ups that sound like this:
worry, you can do this too! All I did was cut off each scale before
I went to the second bar. In other words, don't play anything in
the second box of the tabs. Practice with a metronome and work your
may have noticed that I didn't play in straight even notes. The
technique makes the notes (after the first one on the E string)
sound as if they fit into the syllables of "Triple it".
are eight notes in a scale so when starting out, hold your first
and second note on the E string a little longer and then make the
three notes on the A string fit into the "Triple it" sound.
Do the same for the notes on the D string.
a lot of practice you'll find yourself speeding through them!
Scale: This scale is extremely popular among rock and blues
guitarists. It's known to have the flavors that drives the best
chart topping songs. It's definitely one of the most functional
scales at your fingertips. It's recommended for rock and blues but
I believe it's useful in a number of situations. Here's an example:
Blues Scale: This scale is one of my favorite. It's very similar
to the pentatonic scale but adds it's own twists. The history of
this scale is quite lengthy and it's heard on millions of CD's.
It's simple yet you can write the most complicated solos. Recommenced
for blues, rock, soul, gospel, and more!
it into practice
now that you have the scales, you need something to see what it
looks like in action. Here's a quick little lick that will give
you an idea of what you can do with some of the notes from the A
blues scale. You may notice that it isn't arranged like you may
Little Piece of Heaven"
Tips Feature Band
the last few months I have received a lot of emails from people
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particular band grabbed my attention because they just started to
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rhythm guitarist, had to say about the recent success and how Guitar
Tips helped them out.
Guitar Tips Subscribers,
name is T.A.T.U.M. (Tried and Tested under Music) and we started
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second gig also went down well and we have been winning one battle
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would really like to thank the guys and gals at Guitar Tips for
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great advice that constantly comes through to us come hell or high
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~Craig From T.A.T.U.M. - Rhythm Guitarist
the last two weeks, I have received more emails with updates than
ever before! If you feel that you have a suggestion for us, please
send along an email and you might find yourself in our next issue.
as a side note, one of the more popular emails I have been getting
are with regards to the contest. Remember to put your name down!
I have a lot of great entries with no one to claim them. If you
forgot to put your name, please reenter.
what a few of our subscribers are saying this week.
G write to us this week with this comment:
really been enjoying the arpeggio practices... I don't take lessons
or anything and I don't want to learn someone else's style. I really
like how I can just look at something tabbed out and do my own thing.
Thanks again! Chances are, you'll be getting one of these every
time I get the newsletter."
Evans had a great topic suggestion and question, which I am still
researching for her. She writes:
you are having a good day! I would be really interested to read
some tips and ideas for female guitar players, especially those
who have extremely small hands like me! I find some chords literally
impossible to reach. I know there must be heaps of successful tiny-handed
players out there. Do you know any of their tips or secrets? Does
the size and style of the guitar have much of an impact? Keep up
the good work!"
tuned as we address this issue in the coming months.
Flores write to us with another great suggestion:
for your newsletter, I've learnt a lot with this one. I have a suggestion
for you: Maybe in the Newsletter you could put a section about the
biography of a famous guitar player. It'd be great!!!. So your readers
can encourage themselves. I hope my suggestion can be useful."
suggestion is actually quite popular. We're looking at doing a few
articles like this in the future, yet another great idea.
we hope that you've learned something new with this one. Scales
have always been a personal favorite and map out a great foundation
for amazing solos. Stay tuned over the rest of the Summer to see
more articles on solo techniques, improvisation, strumming and more!
you have a question, just let us know. We're always happy to help
next time, keep on rocking!
BY GUITAR TIPS
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