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kumar999
post Mar 31 2013, 09:29 AM
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Hi guys, I'm kushagra and I'm from India. I've recently become a member of this AWESOME site. I've been playing for close to 4 years and I can play metallica, guns and roses etc. Basically I'm good enough that people think I'm really good.

But the thing is I'm unsatisfied. According to me, I should've been playing malmsteen in my sleep till now. I basically improvise on the pentatonic, blues scales etc. I was hoping some GMC veteran cam suggest some videos to start with because I'm thoroughly confused. Thanks biggrin.gif
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post Mar 31 2013, 04:45 PM
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Hi guys, I'm kushagra and I'm from India. I've recently become a member of this AWESOME site. I've been playing for close to 4 years and I can play metallica, guns and roses etc. Basically I'm good enough that people think I'm really good.

But the thing is I'm unsatisfied. According to me, I should've been playing malmsteen in my sleep till now. I basically improvise on the pentatonic, blues scales etc. I was hoping some GMC veteran cam suggest some videos to start with because I'm thoroughly confused. Thanks biggrin.gif


Hey man smile.gif You are right when you are saying - 'according to me'. No one is rushing you though and since you are here, I would like to start by suggesting you this nice series here which will take you through the world of improvisation smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Improvising-Workshop-1/

There are 4 more which you will find at the bottom of the link wink.gif


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post Mar 31 2013, 06:17 PM
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I'd suggest minor scale & major scale as well.


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post Mar 31 2013, 07:55 PM
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Cosmin's right. Everything need as much time as...it needs. So... practise but don't rush yourself too much cause it will work like a homework at school - "today You know but You forget it tomorrow". As Fran said minor a major are absolute "must know" cause most modal scales come from those two. In my private opinion next should be the dorian mode and the mixolydian becase those to are a must for many Major Blues progressions - like A-mixolydian on the A7 and A-dorian on D7 chord...minor7 both of those chords makes You not able to play using simple major mode...Anyways...some blues players seems to don't care about is it minor or major blues and use good old blues scale but...I honestly do not enjoy listening people who play like that smile.gif)))


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post Apr 1 2013, 03:20 AM
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Hi man! Welcome to the site! The improvising workshop is an excellent starting point. As the other guys said, Pentatonic scales (minor & major), Major and Minor scales, some modes like Mixolydian, Lydian and Dorian, and also the Harmonic minor scale can be considered the essential scales for rock and metal. Learning chords, triads and arpeggios is also essential to became a good improviser. Please check the improvising series and let us know if you need some help or assistance.

As you said that you already know Pentatonic minor & blues scale, based on your musical tastes, I think that you could start with Minor scale (aeolian), Mixolydian and Harmonic minor.


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Great answers so far everyone to a tough but important question. You might want to start exploring the Harmonic Minor Scale in your soloing/practicing to lead you to where you want to go.

Not that you would stop there, as others have suggested, but Malmsteen and his contemporaries loved this scale, so it might be the best set of modes to get the sound you are looking for and/or hearing in your ears out onto the guitar.

Then from there you can expand into other ideas, as well as working on improv and soloing exercises as others have mentioned.

Check these vids out to start.

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...c-minor-lesson/

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...-for-beginners/

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post Apr 1 2013, 08:20 AM
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Regarding Gabe's well made point - triads and harmonizing a scale will open up a good perspective over the relationship between notes and chords - basically, you will learn how to form chords and arpeggios using the notes in a scale.

Check these lessons out:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Triads..._Series_Part_1/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Triads..._Series_Part_2/
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Triads..._Series_Part_3/


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post Apr 1 2013, 03:28 PM
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heheh we gave you a lot of work! It's time to start working. It's very important to take your time to learn all this stuff. You won't learnt all this scales, triads, arpeggios in one week. It can take years to really master them and being able to combine all this stuff in your soloing. So start working and be patient.


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post Apr 2 2013, 07:27 AM
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Exactly! Gabe is right and you should enjoy your journey smile.gif Of course, if you have questions, we are around to guide you, so just ask us, ok?


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