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Chapters Of Shred Guitar

Justin Harding (1760) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6



Page 2: "Chapters Of Shred Guitar" - Scales of Choice

We will look at scales that are often used by many shred guitarists. We will start with the scale that everyone knows, the scale that makes the happy birthday song, and many many others. Everyone knows to hear this scale, and if not, chances are you never heard music before.

This page is intended for the very beginners of modal studies, more intermediate players should skip this page and move on to the next, as you probably know most of this.

Looking at the Major scale in a key of C, here is the diagram.

Notice that the scale starts and ends on the 8th fret of the E strings, the C note is found on these frets, hence the name C major.


Now, I've known so many guitarist that after learning this C Major Scale pattern, believe that they actually KNOW the scale, which is not entirely so... To learn to be able to solo and move around the fret board comfortably, and remain in key and not having to keep your solo in the "box", then you must learn the modes. Each mode is well worth the time to learn. The modes are formed from the notes forming the major scale. So looking at the C Major scale diagram notice that the notes are C - D - E - F - G - A - B - then back to C, which is the same as the starting note just an octave higher in pitch.