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A Basic Scale And Its Many Applications

Allen Nelson (991) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 70
Pages: 1 2 3

You are about to learn a set of notes that will probably be very important in your soloing, and even out. This scale will allow you to go beyond the pentatonic scale, and make more complex solos. Completing this lesson wil also develop your speed and finger strength.

Let me start with some light theory, for those who are interested.

This is a C major scale, but I start it on the low A. The advantage to this is that you can now play this scale easily in the mode of Ionian (C major), or Aeolian (A minor). A minor is the 6th mode of C. So in effect you have two scales in one here. From here on I will be reffering to the parts of this scale as C major or A minor scales, but it is important to recognize that, more accurately, they are different modes of C.

These notes, as I mentioned previously, can be used to form either a major scale or a minor scale, depending on where you start. Of course, there are many scales (modes of C) that can be created from this one, besides simple major and minor, depending on where you start, but the basic major and minor are the most common. I am going to put it in A minor / C major (which means that I will start it at the 5th fret of the low E string, or A, and end it at the eighth fret of the high E string, or C).

A min / C maj


If you start the scale on the low A (6 str. 5 fr.), and end it at the high A (1 str. 5 fr.), it will be a two-octave A minor scale. If you start at the low C (6 str. 8 fr.), and end on the high C (1 str. 8 fr.), it will be a two-octave C major scale. Using this basic pattern, you can create pretty much any major or minor scale you wish by shifting the scale up or down the fretboard.

Play this up and down several times at different tempos until you have it memorized. There is no need to play it fast if you have trouble doing so, just make sure that you have it down.

A min / C maj


Here is another way of playing the scale. They are almost identical except that one note is played on a different string. It is up to your personal preference and situation to decide which is better.