"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
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.