Using Guitar Scales Musically

Using Guitar Scales Musically...

Takes both the Major Pentatonic and the 7-tone Major scale melodically  across common playing situations. The various musical principles described in the lesson can  later be taken into use within any other scale or mode...

The lesson demonstrates the value in breaking scale patterns away from their common fingerboard shapes. Exercises and melodic examples present scale segments into more flowing melodic passages. 

The first half of the lesson is dedicated to taking uncommon scale layouts into varied rhythmic duration and getting them to provide strong melodic scale flow. In the second half, our study shifts to learning the value of both 'along the neck' melodic applications and how to produce (and build upon) melodic themes.

PART ONE: In the first example, the Major Pentatonic scale from the key of "E" is used to explore extended note duration in a melody line by focusing on quarter and 8th-note phrases. 

Example 1a, uses a custom (Pattern #2) 6th position "E Major" Pentatonic scale shape between the 5th to 1st strings. Example 1b, applies the Pattern #2 shape (from example 1a), into a phrase over a group of chords from the key center. 

Example two begins with a customized segment from an 8th position "E Major Scale," (Pattern #3). The application of the scale segment is organized into a busy melodic line that relies on a mix of quarter, eighth and sixteenth note duration.

PART TWO: Example three uses a Major Scale (in the key of "C Major") to introduce the effects with how melodic passages can sound more interesting when they are used more laterally along the fingerboard.

Moving melodic ideas along the guitar allows for more phrasing devices to be applied. In particular, (as noticed in this example), the application of position finger slides. The abundant use of these slides allows for smooth transitions along the span of the fingerboard while dramatically affecting the sound of a melodic guitar part.

Example four takes a short melodic run from an "F Major" scale (in tenth position) and builds on the statement by gradually expanding the part into a more involved line.

This effect (of melodic expansion) is a valuable melody composing concept that can help musicians begin using their scales in more musical ways.

By expanding melodic phrases (and thus building more involved melodic themes), guitar players will better understand how to stretch lines further, use more technical devices and ultimately achieve greater tonal range.

Using Guitar Scales Musically

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