Fed up with spending hours playing scales up and down the guitar neck and still your scales let you down when you play a guitar solo or try to make up your own guitar licks?
Well in this video I’ll show you 3 super powerful exercises you can use to turbocharge your scale knowledge and boost your guitar playing and improvisation. They’re super easy to do and really work – whatever level of guitar player you are. So grab your guitar and get started!
0:30 This video will show you 3 powerful exercises for learning, remembering and using guitar scale shapes. These involve practising them in a way that relates to how you actually use them.
0:38 It is ESSENTIAL that any time you learn guitar scale shapes you learn which note in the pattern is the ROOT NOTE. This simple thing is the key to unlocking the guitar fingerboard, moving scales around to other keys and being able to solo confidently and fluently on your guitar. So…ROOT NOTE..LEARN IT!
1:40 These exercises are demonstrated on the A minor pentatonic scale shape at the 5th fret (but it works on all guitar scale shapes). Watch this video to see a recap on the shape.
2:56 Need a lesson on this scale shape? Click the box in the video or click here:http://youtu.be/fJKenmHWKyc
3:07 Here’s how most guitar players practice their scale shapes. They just play them up and down the guitar neck over and over.
3:29 This approach falls short because it doesn’t relate to the way you’re going to use the scale when you’re using it to make music. When you solo you are not going to just play up and down the scale shape, and if you do it probably won’t sound that good!
4:19 Scale exercise 1 focuses on being able to see the scale shape clearly on the guitar fingerboard. To do this tap out the pattern on the neck with your picking hand. This will help you learn the pattern without your left hand fumbling around trying to remember the notes.
4:47 Scale Exercise 2 is all about starting the scale shape in different places. Often we always practice the scale starting on the same note. Then when we’re playing a guitar solo and start on a different note we get lost easily! So practice playing the scale shape from any starting note.
6:04 Exercise 3 is the Random Note Scale Exercise. This is super powerful so practice it lots! Practice playing the notes in the scale in a totally random order. This breaks down the scale pattern so that you really get to know where the notes are instead of just memorising a pattern.
8:25 Here I demonstrate the scale exercise one more time on guitar. Take it slow and check you can see the notes. Don’t guess them whatever you do!
9:00 Let’s recap on the three guitar scale exercises you learned in this guitar lesson.