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Scales

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Stratafied, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. CapCrunch

    CapCrunch Strat-Talker

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    Broad question...

    Learn the scale(s) not to know it or play it, but to know the flavor they evoke. So when you feel like using that spice or flavor, you can drop it in, like a dash of spice.

    Sure, if you play blues, you might not ever feel like adding a maj7 in a minor run but, what if you feel like adding that eastern, Jimmy Page style flavor one night? Boom!

    You could go on and on with each note. 11 other notes other than the root to play with, find out what each do, I guess. A minor 6th sounds different than a maj6, that other note you "shuffle" with.

    Everything you play is relative to what the bass player is doing so...

    You might be shredding in A minor but if the bass is chugging in C, all we hear is some C ionian noodling!

    Just a few thoughts I guess! Play on either way!

    PS; some dudes are awesome and don't have clue of names or shapes, so its all good!
     
  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    here's a way I like to think of knowing and using scales.....and having some knowledge of theory.
    say you were a landscaper and had to plant a bunch of plants and all you had was one round point shovel.
    could you do it? probably, but what if you were in Georgia and ran into some of that clay that's as hard as cement?
    you could probably stand to use a pickaxe, or a Maddox.
    what about edging out a bed to hold rocks or pine straw? a spade or flat shovel would work way better than a round point. same with cleaning up piles of dirt left on the concrete. use the flat shovel or even a snow shovel.
    or what if you needed to chop some roots? an axe would be great.
    see what I'm saying.....
    the more tools you have in your she'd, the easier your job is.
     
  3. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks, I get what you’re saying.
     
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  4. Birdsong

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    If you been playing for a good while and learned the major and minor scales when first started playing like most everybody does. Over time your probably playing other scales mixed in just by picking it up by what sounds right.
     
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  5. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    2 sides of same coin. I can see modes both ways.
     
  6. Swampash

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    Why should I bother being familiar with any words other than “ME NEED FOOD”?
     
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  8. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V

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    Some different ideas:

     
  9. CFFF

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    Think back to how your playing was before you did learn these 3 scales :)
     
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    Go look at some tutorials on you tube by Matt Schofield or Robben Ford. All will be revealed.:thumb:
     
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  11. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    And you may find yourself
    Living in a musical haze
    And you may find yourself
    In another part of the fretboard
    And you may find yourself
    Not knowing what effing notes your playing.. :)
     
  12. Wrighty

    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    This is almost exactly the conversation I had with my guitar teacher on Saturday. Other than the fact that shooting about all over the fret board may look impressive, you've got the same notes to use. he explained that when, for example, your playing an E Major scale over a three chord trick in E, you're actually using others, mixolidian etc. when you're playing over the A chord....................my boggler cut in at that point on the theory but it made sense when I was playing, the starting and end notes needed to be in the chord of A or, a 'good' note, 7th or whatever.
    Still early days for me but I can see the logic.
    Also, where you play your lead line will determine how easy it is to get back to then next chord.
     
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