Wednesday, 30 April 2014

[Guitar TAB] 17 Scales Warm-Up: From Ionion to Locrian, to Melodic Minor, to Diminished & Altered, to Blues & Pentatonic

Hi there ! How have you been ? :D

Some of you might have known, or some of you might have not known - I have uploaded a new video quite recently and it features me playing 17 guitar scales as part of a warm-up routine.

Here's the video & there's wording in pink at the top right corner of the video highlighting the name of the scale as it is played.

*Guitar TAB at the end of blog post*

Take a listen and tell me how many scales in the video you are familiar with and how many you haven't even heard of.

Hahaha, so how was it ?

Now here's a physical list of the scales played (in order):
1. Ionion
2. Dorian
3. Phrygian
4. Lydian
5. Mixolydian
6. Aeolian
7. Locrian
8. Melodic Minor
9. Harmonic Minor
10. Half-Whole Diminished
11. Whole Tone
12. Altered
13. Whole-Half Diminished
14. Minor Blues
15. Major Blues
16. Minor Pentatonic
17. Major Pentatonic

Scale studies are endless, there are so many variations and possibilities - and to master even ONE scale only, it takes a very long time, and as my guitar teacher always tells me, he is still exploring the Major Scale even after so many years of playing guitar & working as a professional guitarist in the industry.

And so it goes - you can play around with the Major scale for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years or longer ! When coupled with all other aspects of guitar improvising and soloing or composition, eg. phrasing, rhythmic, sequencing etc, really the study of scales is endless.

Ionion, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian are categorized under Major Scale Modes.

And while the Pentatonic and the Blues can be the simplest choices to solo over certain chords and progressions, there are the more exotic sounding scales such as the Altered, Whole Tone, Half-Whole/Whole-Half Diminished that can be employed as creative choices to solo over very specific chords and harmonic situations - and THAT is a whole BIG topic on its own.

For now, if you would like to expand your scale vocabulary and immerse yourself in new sounds, come and learn more scales. You can learn the scale by ear from listening back to my video or you can just follow the Guitar TAB I've included at the end of this blog post.

1. Start by learning one scale at a time (you can first play it ascending & descending just like how I did) until you are comfortable with the new shape and sound
2. You can try playing all the different scales one after another just like how I did (& even in the same sequence as I did) - it could be a little tricky at first but you can start really slow
3. Single out any ONE scale and explore it ! 
  - Just play any lines you like using notes from the scale against a backing track
  - Make up YOUR OWN lines (this is VERY important) using notes from the scale
  - Come up with sequences for the fingering pattern of the scale
  - Invent and record cool phrasing/rhythmic lines using notes from the scale
  - Start applying the scale in a real-life band/jamming situation
  - Have fun !

Plus, isn't it a really cool scales warm-up routine to have ? Hahaha at least I think so because it involves a great range of sounds, from major to minor, to bluesy, to b9s, #9s and #11s.

Alright guys, let's practice hard together ! 
In fact, I really have a lot of things to work on for my improvisation and chord changes especially for the next 2 weeks.

Okay take care, all the best & keep following my blog !
Catch you again,
Sapphire Ng <3 <3 <3

[Guitar TAB] 17 Guitar Scales Warm-Up Routine
(Note: in the key of Bb)

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