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Re: Do you think scales when you play?
9/24/2006 1:11 AM
Jeremy Cotton (7923) wrote:
I don't think scales when I play, just like I don't think 'left foot, right foot' when I walk, or 'up-stroke down-stroke' when I pick. It's all internalized. I may play scales or scale fragments at some point or another, but it has pretty much passed into my subconscious.
Of course, I had to learn scales just as I had to learn to walk and alternate pick.
Learn the major and minor pentatonic scales, in 5 forms. Use those to learn 5 forms of the major scale. Derive from those 5 forms for the dorian mixolydian and aeolian modes as well as harmonic and (jazz) melodic minor. Play triad and 7th chord arpeggios from each degree in all of those scales and modes (except the pentatonic, although you can do a similiar cool exercise with that).