Guitar Improvising Lesson #1 - The Scale

Guitar Improvising Lesson #1 – The Scale

This is a guitar improvising lesson that teaches you the benefits of knowing your scales.

The scale used in this lesson is a pentatonic scale, meaning a five note scale. It’s universal, and all the notes in the scale line up with whatever key you’re in. In this case, the key being used will be Bm. The scale starts at the 7th fret. What you have to realize is that all the notes in this scale are in that key – they all have a harmony relation to each other. In other words, it’s a no brainer. If you play the scale that matches the key, you can’t loose. There’s not one bad note in the scale. You can look like a pro by simply knowing the scale really well. There’s so many riffs that can come from this scale.

Watch the fingerboard carefully to see that the only notes being played are the ones in the scale.

Once again, the only notes being played are part of that Bm scale.

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graham Reply

when soloing over a chord progression,say a 1-4-5 in G.
when the 4 chord or 5 chord approaches what are you thinking.

1,simply the scale pattern for that chord.
2,the 4th or 5th mode scale from the parent key.
3,the parent scale shape but looking for the relevant chord tones.
im asking because when I try and improvise it never sound correct.

    Jonathan Reply

    Hi Graham,

    All three of your suggestions are valid options, however personally I would most often be going with #3. That means you don’t need to change scale positions, but you’re still following the song.

    In G major, your V chord is D. So, you could emphasize that D, or other options might be working with notes that are closely related to D -- for example, F# is the major third from D, and G is the V of D, both notes are found in the D major chord.

    Those might be starting or ending points, but of course you’re not limited to them. They’re just good options if you’re getting stuck.

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