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Re: Scales pt II
11/17/2009 1:31 AM
Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:
Hell! I don't know the names of most scales, I just play whatever notes fit the tune.... I have a good ear for melody & notes, and, fortunately or unfortunately, I've always taken that for granted.
Should I have learned more theory?
Yeah, probably. :)
Do I regret not learning more theory?
Would it have helped me be a better player?
Does it matter at this stage in my life?
See, my knowledge about music in general is basically a big fat "0"....My knowledge of scales mainly consists of "SOME" Arpeggio patterns, some Pentatonic scales, SOME Major scales, SOME Minor scales, and ONE harmonic minor scale, but, that's about the only theory I know. If you were to ask me any kind of theory-related question....Forget about it! It would be like me trying to answer questions about the "Space-Time Continuum", or "Quantum Physics". LOL
Oddly enough, I always loved the "Locrian" & "Dorian" scales/modes, (my left hand seems to love those patterns) hehe, but, I never really knew what those scales were called, until recently, when I started going back to my teacher last year. Still don't know what all the terminology means, but, whatever.
I know a couple of exotic "patterns", but, as much as I love them, and REALLY LOVE the way they sound, I hardly use them, basically, because I don't know enough about them, or know many of them. I guess the exotic patterns are out of my "comfort zone"??? So to speak....Someone like Marty Friedman can play the hell out of those exotic scales...But, not me! LOL
Luckily, because I have a great ear for note placement, I can basically (within my playing capability) just play whatever notes fit a particular tune, or mood.
I basically shoot a solo from the hip. It usually works. LOL