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Guitar Scales & Modes

Play Melodies & Riffs

Scales and modes exist to create melodies. They are also wonderful training tools. Train smart & sing through your instrument. If you can sing it, you can play it.

For learning to be melodic using scale and modes, check out the Jam Audio Tracks in the Nucleus.

Prerequisite session from Fretting in Techniques.: Open & Closed • Fretting Confidence • Two basic states of a string. Know that tones are going to work.

Starter Riff • You know it. 
Scale Definition   
Starter Exercises   
Process for Scales     

E Major Scale in a Line • Get started with a Major scale on a single string. 221-2221.   
The Pull • [the pull is a type of slur • also in Fretting]   
Pull Exercise using E Major Scale in a Line 
EON for for E Major Linear Scale [also in Chords & Theory & Mapping]  

Figuring Out Melodies • First tones are given. Use your ear to map the remainder. Do this!
Melody Answer • You got this.   

Pentatonic Scales  
Em-G Pentatonic, Frame One   
E Blues • Adding a B♭ to the Em Pentatonic
Adding Tones to Em-G Pentatonic • One way to create modes

C Major ScaleLinear On 2nd & 5th Strings. Plus Scale in P1 (5th string equivalents)P1 Training Goal & Big Goal
Tones Against E Major & E minor Experiment [also in Chords]   

Em-G Major Pentatonic Frame 2   

Adding Tones to Am-C Pentatonic

G Major Scale • F-sharp instead of F • one tone different from C Major - also see Chords in G Major   \

Am-C Major Pentatonic Frame 2   

Moving Scale Form 54   
D Major Scale   

All Modes in C Major   
minor as a Key Signature [also in Chords]   
Integrating Pentatonics   
Moving Scale Form 64   
Moving Scale Form 41   
F Major Scale - Moving Scale Form 62   
7 Majors Wrap • 51 • 61 • 52   

Remember!...Scales and modes exist to create melodies. They are also wonderful training tools. Train smart & sing through your instrument. If you can sing it, you can play it.