|lesson 1 - sitting to play the guitar lesson 2 - have fun learning e minor and d minor chords lesson 3 - a basic overview of a 3rd chord in g lesson 4 - different fun rhythms and basic picking lesson 5 - playing in a major lesson 6 - scales - introduction to the scale of a major lesson 7 - which ones are a must and what they are lesson 8 - Answers to common guitar learning problems lesson 9 - a song with 3 chords - margaritaville lesson 10 - folk/60's tune - love the one you're with lesson 11 - Fingering Patterns - All Major Chords lesson 12 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Chords lesson 13 - Fingering Patterns - Major Scales lesson 14 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Scales lesson 15 - Song Structure - Verses,Choruses,and Bridges lesson 16 - Fingering Patterns - Major Bar Chords lesson 17 - Fingering Patterns - Minor Bar Chords lesson 18 - Exotic Sounding Chords - Augmented and Diminished lesson 19 - Classic Guitar Songs - Stairway to Heaven lesson 20 - Basic Melodic Playing - Basic Lead Guitar||
MORE ON SCALES – WHICH ONES ARE A MUST AND WHAT THEY ARE
A scale is a series of notes that follow one right after another. An important feature of a scale is the spaces that lie between notes. When we speak of space we are truly talking about the pitch, which is the distance between 2 notes that gives the emotional feel to the music. This concept is one of the most fundamental and important ones for all musicians. Most times it is intuitive, but for others it must be learned.
When you play a note on the guitar, then play it again, there is no difference in the distance of the pitch. On the other hand, if you play a note then play it on the next fret there is a distance between the pitches. The difference is called the half step. It is the highness or lowness of the sound compared to the sound before or after it. Paying a note 2 frets away is a whole step and is also called a minor 3rd.
These different spacings in pitch are also known as intervals and give the emotional feel of the music being played. Such as in a blues scale, the spacings between the pitches gives it a bluesy feeling. Scales are the building blocks of music. Many times when playing a piece you are really playing a scale. It does not matter if you play it backwards, forwards, or in some other pattern, it is still a scale. It takes practice and technique to play scales well. The scale can put demand on the player and challenge the senses. The faster the scale needs to be played the more demand and focus is required.
For many guitar players scales are very difficult, even more difficult than other types of musicians. In fact, scales on the guitar are much more complicated than other musicians. For you it is a balance between your finger on the fret and picking to make just one note. It is very common to be completely unprepared for scale practicing when it comes your way.
If you are able to master scales, and get one finger after another to do what is required, then you will be able to conquer most other things you try. It is the practicing of scales in every session you do that will develop and maintain your technique. Scales provide excellent exercise for your fingers.
Memorizing every single scale is not the key to these exercises. There are specific scales one must know and the others can be learned if need be. There is a correct to play scales so the fingers actually learn. You do not want to do them wrong or you will be waiting your time. Scales are complex and require effort and practice to do them correctly.
What types of scales one should put into memory will completely depend on what style of music you will be mainly playing.
Although scales can be overloading and tedious to many musicians, they are the most important exercise one can do. Once the scales and all their variations are mastered, it is possible to learn anything and improvise with out any complications. Most of the world’s best improv players are those who are the experts on scales!