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Expanding The Box

Hayden Hewitt (119) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 160
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

We all find ourselves stuck in a rut from time to time. These lessons are aimed at breaking free of restrictive boxes and comfortable scale patterns. It's all too easy to find yourself blowing through the same familliar scales when soloing, after a while it starts to get a bit stale. Let's take a look at the A Aeolian scale (Natural Minor). The notes in this scale are: A/B/C/D/E/F/G A Standard three note per string pattern might well be the same as Ex1

If we stay in this position we also know that we can use the A Minor Pentatonic scale or Blues scale in this position (Ex2).

Next, take the two scales an combine them (Ex3)

Even within this simple box you can come up with some inventive runs. Often giving a cool, slightly 'outside' feel.

There is an example run below.

Ex 1 A Aeolian


Ex2 A Blues


A Aeolian/Blues


Expanding The Box