How To Improvise When You Never Have

What would you do if you had to improvise a guitar solo and had never done it before? Let’s say you were in a band situation and you only had a few minutes to figure out what you were going to do. Analysing a chord progression and figuring out which scales should be used at different points can be tricky. It can also be hard to execute scales on the fly, while being musical and sounding confident. The hardest thing for guitarists who are just starting out with improvising, is just that - getting started. I often teach students who simply want to know what to do, when jamming in a certain … [Read more...]

Large Intervals And Geometric Hacks

This is the final lesson in a kind of mini lesson series. So far we have looked at the following: Basic Intervals (tones and semitones). The music alphabet and unlocking the fretboard. Using intervals to build scales. Using the major scale to build scales. In this lesson, we are going to look at a range of other intervals, as well as using a few geometric tricks on the guitar, to help you navigate the guitar fretboard. … [Read more...]

Why The Major Scale Is The Master Scale

I have written extensively about major scales and the importance of them on this site already. From that end, there's no need to reexplain what's already been explained. The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate how the major scales is in a sense the 'master scale'. If you're not sure what a major scale is. Read the lesson on major scales. Also, this lesson is a sort of follow on from the following lessons: Basic Intervals (tones and semitones) Unlocking The Fretboard Building Scales With Intervals Major Scales And Keys One of the most obvious reasons why major scales are so … [Read more...]

Using Intervals To Build Scales

I have written extensively on this site about scales. Scales form the basis for a whole range of music theory, from building chords, to composition, to soloing. They are very important. What we’re going to do in this lesson is explore the concept of scales, and use our knowledge of intervals and the fretboard to construct them. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of intervals, read the lessons in the links above. … [Read more...]

Get To Know The Major Blues Scale

In this lesson, we're going to look at the Major Blues scale. In the previous lesson, we explored the Minor Blues scale and discussed why it is arguably the most popular scale for guitarists. The Major Blues scale is also a very useful scale, but it is not used as often as the Minor Blues scale. The Minor Blues scale seems to work over most chords including major chords and minor chords. The Major Blues however, only really works over Major chords, because it contains a 'natural 3', which clashes with the 'b3' of minor chords. … [Read more...]

The Guitarist’s Favourite Toy – The Minor Blues Scale

In this lesson, we're going to look at the 'Minor Blues Scale'. The minor blues scale is perhaps the most popular scale for guitarists (and indeed other instrumentalists). Why? Because it can be used effectively in many different situations, it has an in-built 'blues sound', and it lends itself very easily to things such as bends and slides. … [Read more...]