Blues Improvisation Using Guide Tones

Blues Improvisation Using Guide Tones

Improvisation is one of the most exciting aspects of playing music and is a direct manifestation of our desire to create, express ourselves, and jam with other musicians. Learning to improvise and expand one’s improvisational skills are among the most common goals...

Part 5 – Pentatonic Scales

Part 5 – Pentatonic Scales

We have made it this far which means you should now know at least 1 major scale position (but most likely a few or even all 5) and be able to use it/them in a creative way, playing little melodies and phrases, using all parts of the position or even just ascending and...

Part 4 – Transitioning Between Thinking Major and Minor

Part 4 – Transitioning Between Thinking Major and Minor

Ok, so it's probably getting clear that the major and minor scales can really be thought of as the same pattern but with different root note positions within that pattern. Often they will seem to be described as different scales and with different formulas. This is...

Part 3 – The Minor Scale…

Part 3 – The Minor Scale…

The Minor Scale What do you mean "I already know it?"   Now, remember how earlier on we went through the Major Scale and not only memorised where all the Major Root Notes were but also added the Minor Root Notes to our mental labelling? By the end we should have...

Part 2 – How to Use the Major Scale on guitar

Part 2 – How to Use the Major Scale on guitar

HOW to Use the Major Scale on guitar   So by now, you (hopefully) know at least 1 major scale pattern. On guitar there are 5 patterns (often called positions) that make up the major scale between 12 frets. After 12 frets the patterns will start again because the...

Part 1 – Begin with the Parent Scale: The Major Scale

Part 1 – Begin with the Parent Scale: The Major Scale

Begin with the Parent Scale: The Major Scale   This is a 5- step lesson that contains a lot of information so take it slowly and patiently. Try to apply each suggested exercise. By the time you reach the end you should have a very strong foundation on which...