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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jul 30 2014, 09:55 PM
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QUOTE (Jim S. @ Jul 30 2014, 04:36 PM) *
My scale knowledge is pitiful and I think that this just reminded me that I need to know a few more. I never really played scales. I must have discouraged myself thinking I'd find a better way instead of working.

When I solo or write a cool lick it seems to be a harmonic minor or Phrygian. Recently I wrote a solo over a rick graham backing and used a whole tone scale to connect 2 parts. I never finished it but plan to hopefully soon.

Are there any good lessons you'd recommend that are around the 4-5 range?

Hi Jim! We have many lessons based on scales and modes on that range. If you want to work specifically on harmonic minor and phrygian, I recommend you to check these ones:


Harmonic minor:

However, if you want to go deeper with scales and modes, I recommend you to give a try to these threads:

Learning Major Scales Lessons

How to Solo Over Chords For Guitar

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Todd Simpson
post Jul 30 2014, 11:25 PM
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Being heavily influenced by "Old School" Metal/Thrash/Melodic Death Metal, I"m a big fan of the MINOR SCALE done in shred version of course with three notes per string smile.gif

Also a big fan of the
HARMONIC MINOR SCALE for it's neo classical vibe. Also in three note per string version.

Not to be forgotten and critical to solo work IMHO is the
PENTATONIC BLUES SCALE with dorian bits added on the two highest strings making it three notes per string on four of the six strings involved.

Those three scales will get you well on your way to building killer solos. Kirk Hammett for example has made a living using only two scales. Minor and Blues. Alternating between "sweet spots" (minor) and dirty spots (blues scale).

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post Jul 31 2014, 04:56 PM
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Great suggestions from Ben, Gabi and Todd! I would also like to add a few more to the collection:

Phrygian dominant based riffing and soloing, in the same musical context:



The Phrygian dominant is pretty much the Phrygian mode with a major third - a very popular tool in metal wink.gif It is however derived from the 5th step of the Harmonic Minor mode, which you can read more about in here:


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