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Guitar Scales

This page shows you some common scales on the guitar.
You can use the repeat and speed buttons to practice along.

blues

BLUES The basis of most popular music! A kind of variation of the pentatonic in combination with the chromatic scale, it fits well over basic songs that do not modulate (change key), if the song changes key you could use a chromatic/ whole time shift and fit another blues scale into the new home!

chromatic

CHROMATIC Fantastic for finger work and again getting you to new keys, chords quickly. Chromatic inflexions in solos give it a bit more colour and expression, or can do!

diminished 7ths

DIMINISHED 7THS A 4 note version of the major arpeggio. Very strong as part of a solo when the harmonic structure stays in a home key. They can sound quite virtuosic, as they make the player shift up and down the neck.

dominant 7ths

DOMINANT 7THS As these scales start on the 7th degree of the scale usually, you can use them to shift key or get you into a new harmony fast, really good when a track shifts up a semitone or tone.

harmonic minor

HARMONIC MINOR Both melodic and harmonic minor scales give a dark colour to your improvisations, in particular the harmonic version has an eastern quality which fits nicely into more complex and exotic material. You might find a combination of minor scales, arpeggios and diminished 7ths all work well with this.

major

MAJOR SCALE An essential! The basis of getting to grips with the fretboard and key relationships - it can help you develop a sound knowledge of the construction of keys, chords and ultimately music!

major arpeggio

MAJOR ARPEGGIO Similar to the major and minor scales, the arpeggio (broken chord) of the can act as musical shorthand, they when placed into a solo give variety and break up straight linear playing.

melodic minor (ascending)

MELODIC MINOR (Ascending) Both melodic and harmonic minor scales give a dark colour to your improvisations, in particular the harmonic version has an eastern quality which fits nicely into more complex and exotic material. You might find a combination of minor scales, arpeggios and diminished 7ths all work well with this.

melodic minor (descending)

MELODIC MINOR (Descending) Both melodic and harmonic minor scales give a dark colour to your improvisations, in particular the harmonic version has an eastern quality which fits nicely into more complex and exotic material. You might find a combination of minor scales, arpeggios and diminished 7ths all work well with this.

minor

MINOR SCALE An essential! Along with the major scale the basis of getting to grips with the fretboard and key relationships - it can help you develop a sound knowledge of the construction of keys, chords and ultimately music!

minor arpeggio

MINOR ARPEGGIO Similar to the major and minor scales, the arpeggio (broken chord) of the can act as musical shorthand, they when placed into a solo give variety and break up straight linear playing.

pentatonic (major)

PENTATONIC (Major) A very popular and user friendly scale, it fits with most major and minor chords. An essential!

pentatonic (minor)

PENTATONIC (Minor) A very popular and user friendly scale, it fits with most major and minor chords.

whole tone

WHOLE TONE A good scale to get from one place to another fast! If you find you are working with fast changing chords, this scale can quickly get you out of trouble. More commonly heard in jazz or progressive music.