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Bear Rose
post Nov 19 2010, 11:51 PM
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Hey GMC!

I'm planning on starting some new lessons on scales for beginners soon, and I was wondering.....

What is your favorite scale to hear and/or play?

I have one that I like more than all the others, and I'll share it with you, but I'm interested in hearing what everyone else's favorite scales are!


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post Nov 20 2010, 01:23 AM
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A Pentatonic. That's practically the only one I know! tongue.gif That's kinda sad since I've been playing for 2 years now. sad.gif


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post Nov 20 2010, 02:44 AM
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I would have to say E minor, its the one I always gravitate around. I also really like the tonal quality of dominant phrygian, its very exotic smile.gif


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post Nov 20 2010, 08:33 AM
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Please Bear, do some scale lessons for beginners!
I never really cared about scales or theory as I learned guitar by ear, which is not so bad I have to say. Right now, with the help of GMC, I know the A minor pentatonic and the E minor scale. At least roughly...most of the time when I record something for a collab here I fool around on the fretboard until I figure out which notes will sound good...
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post Nov 20 2010, 08:37 AM
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Well, my fav is Harmonic Minor, but I think to get to that, first must come minor pentatonic and than Minor Scale so people get a grasp of the theory better smile.gif


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post Nov 20 2010, 03:15 PM
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Minor scale, if I have to choose one, Em smile.gif


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post Nov 21 2010, 11:50 AM
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Great call Mudbone! I have to agree. E-Minor is one of my very fav scales. The variations of the minor scale are also in my Fav box. After I got my first 7 string guitar, I started leaning toward B-Minor and B-Harmonic minor as the 7 string has a low B. But for the most part, E-Minor is a crucial scale to know well at every position on the neck as so much Rock/Metal is written in the key of E-Minor. These days, more and more is written in B or D or C, as Metal heads have embraced 7 and 8 strings guitars and drop tuning. But still, the bulk of existing material is still nestled warmly in E-Minor.

I'd say running a close second is the Blues Scale. It's such a versatile scale and blends well with, of course, the Minor Scale smile.gif Here is a video of my entry in a guitar competition where I used the Minor and pentatonic scales only. It's a good example of said blending. I'm using my FREGLIGHT guitar for this one. Which is why my frets have lights on them.
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post Nov 22 2010, 07:37 PM
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QUOTE (Gitarrero @ Nov 20 2010, 04:33 AM) *
Please Bear, do some scale lessons for beginners!
I never really cared about scales or theory as I learned guitar by ear, which is not so bad I have to say. Right now, with the help of GMC, I know the A minor pentatonic and the E minor scale. At least roughly...most of the time when I record something for a collab here I fool around on the fretboard until I figure out which notes will sound good...
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I will definitely be doing some beginner scale lessons in the future!

My favorite scale is the one that I use the most often: the Major scale. For me, it has always been more natural to express myself by playing in the major scale than in any other scale. I also prefer music that is in major keys most of the time, so it makes sense.

2nd favorite is the Blues scale. Its another great one to be able to express feelings through the guitar. And the added blue note to the pentatonic gives such a great flavor to the scale.

3rd favorite(s) would be minor/minor pentatonic. You can always make something sound good with the minor pentatonic, and I really like the extra notes that come with the minor scale. They add some great sound to give that true "minor" feel.


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post Nov 22 2010, 07:57 PM
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Hmm, I would have to say dorrian. I don't realy know why but it seems to make a lot of musical sense to me.
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post Nov 23 2010, 01:20 AM
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Minor 6 pentatonic ( & some of its modes)
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Definitely start some melodic minor, it can sound awesome! smile.gif


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