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Chapters Of Shred Guitar

Justin Harding (1760) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
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Page 4: "Chapters Of Shred Guitar" - Scales of Choice Part 3

Welcome to the third section for scales of choice. The Major Scale and its modes have already been covered on Part 1, and on Part 2 I covered the Harmonic Minor scale with it's modes, and some exotic scales that are used. On this page I won't be doing much talking, so I'll just get to the point and post the last of the diagrams of some more scales that can be used.

Although not used much in shred guitar, lets look at the Blues scale. This scale can be heard used in thousands upon thousands of songs, and even though it's called the blues scale, it can be used for many styles of music. It actually does produce good shred licks with careful note consideration and placement.

The Blues Scale (Key of A)





Above is the standard pattern for the blues scale. But since this is a shred guitar lesson, the blues scale might seem kind of dull for soloing with only those notes. So lets look at a altered version of the blues scale. The scale is the same as the blues scale but with added passing tones.

The Blues Scale With Added Notes (Key of A)




Next I'm going to look at the Hexatonic (or Hexatone) scale, used allot by Eric Johnson. (Cliffs of Dover especially). We all know the pentatonic scale, which has 5 notes, anyone that did good in math class should know that hex means six. So here is our new six tone scale.

Note: The Hexatonic scale is not that interesting, especially for shred guitar, but I decided to post it anyways. If used right it can be used to make some killer licks.

The Hexatonic Scale (Key of A)





The Yoni Nuki Scales - There are 2 version's of this scale, the Major and Minor version. I will only post the minor version because the major version is the same as the Major Pentatonic scale. The name Yoni Nuki means omit the 7th note of the scale.

Yoni Nuki Scale (Minor Version) (Key of A)




The Melodic Minor scale is a very popular scale, but I left it until now because it isn't used frequently in shred guitar, and is more dominant for jazz, and classical music. The scale is different then all the others that we have yet to look at, reason being the scale ascends and descends differently. Ascending the Melodic Minor scale is a natural minor scale with a #6th and #7th, but descending is the same as the natural minor. 

Melodic Minor Scale (Key of A - Ascending)



Alright well that should be more than enough scales to shake a stick at. Next we will move onto Arpeggios of Choice.