3 Essential Guitar Scales For Beginners

3 Essential Guitar Scales For Beginners

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how’s it going guys in this video I’m gonna show you my top three scales essential for anyone wanting to learn any style of lead guitar well I’m demoing this on electric guitar but this is appropriate for electric or acoustic and I’ll also be sharing with you my advice for how to move your lead guitar playing forward once you know these scales let’s get in for a close up so the number one essential scale has to be the minor pentatonic scale especially on electric guitar but as I say for acoustic as well this is just the first scale that most guitar players should and will learn and we’re going to learn it starting from the eighth fret which is a C note and then we’re going to add the little finger after that note at 11th fret so we pick 1st finger on string 6 and then we add the little finger and we take off that 1st finger like this we’re then going to move down a string and for the next three strings is just the first and third finger that we use so we’re going to play string five pick the first finger and then pick the third same for string for and the same for string three so a recap and to finish with its first typically two little finger on the finish two strings first a little birthday metal and it’s important that we line up our fingers one finger a fret from that eighth fret and we’re going to try and keep them as close to this shape as we go down with only a couple of variations on that with a specific reason for it so as a demo on playthrough of that minor pentatonic scale from the eighth fret which is a C note on string 6 its first two little first to third to first again first a little first ility exact same on the way that down as well after you can do that what many guitarists do is choose to play the Finnish two strings rather than with the little finger do with the third finger with their fingers on an angle so that we can then learn to bend these notes but only with proper technique and supporting those bends with the other fingers the next scale we’re going to look at is the major pentatonic so this is the same scale shape essentially in the way that we’re going to learn it here but it does include different notes and it has a very different sound different application so the one that we played before is a C starting on that C note here at eighth fret what we’re going to do is use that same shape but we’re going to start playing from the little finger and move your little finger down to eighth fret down to that same start note so if you’re familiar with the minor pentatonic or already what this is going to look like is look like I’m playing the a minor pentatonic scale because I’m going to play these notes between 5th and 8th frets like this we’re going to start with the little finger and that’s the only note we’ll play on that string we’ll move down and his first third is the same shape now this note the a first finger is still part of this same scale shape but it’s really important when you learn any scale there you start and finish it from the actual note which is the letter name of this scale and in this case that is a C so we started the minor pentatonic from c note we’ll start the major pentatonic also from that c note a mummy go through it six notes so the five notes of the scale and then the first note of the next octave octaves we do them both I can really hear the personality and the differences between these scales even though they’re they’re so related they do have a lot of the same notes but not all the same notes this one has a minor third and this one includes a major third which is this gives it a very different sound so that minor pentatonic the first scale is used more for rock and blues but when the riff or the power chords that are played underneath it use notes from that scale or related skill so minor pentatonic stuff and then we would solo and improvise using this major pentatonic over a more major sounding chord sequence or song a great example is don’t look back in anger you know over the chord sequence that’s in the key of C this major pentatonic works really great and but it still only has five notes and that’s the these skills these pentatonic scales are not as fundamental to the music that we commonly listen to that you know the vast majority of music in the world they’re not as fundamental as the major scale the major scale is the foundation of all Western music it is a seven note scale and the full major scale in position one would be played like this so this major scale steps it up in difficulty because we’re comment where we’re using the little finger at every every string for example this is one example of the difficulty but we’ve got more notes and this makes it better for composing and writing melodies this is where the melodies come from that are in major sounding guitar solos and also what a vocalist would play or melodies within the core they’re from this major scale there are many other ways to play it but this is position one actually starting with the middle finger remember every scale that we’ve done so far minor pentatonic major pentatonic they all started from see and the eighth fret and we’re also gonna start this major scale from the eighth fret as well when we start with our middle finger we go too little and then it’s index middle little finger and then index ring finger little finger one more time for the second octave this is down a string again and it’s the same frets and same fingers just two notes on the next string to the middle and third and then finally first to middle which would take us to the octave that’s the octave we can add this note in as well and then come back down to practice it first finger here is also part of that scale we should start an end so we have the minor pentatonic scale which is better for solos over rock music we have the major pentatonic scale which can be used over kind of power chord rock music but there’s a little bit more nuance to it which would mean it better and then we have the full major scale which gives us all the notes available for melodies to work again over the major chord sequence and they’re my three essential scales whether you want to play acoustic or electric guitar and where I would recommend you go next after this video is checking out the full courses that I’ve got available for acoustic and for electric guitar with backing tracks and the links to those are on the screen now I hope those are my other guitar solo lessons here on really help you support your learning of lead guitar thank you very much for watching bye for now..

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  1. Me After Video : “I feel so happy. Everything is clicking!”

    My Conscience : ” IT’S TOO EARLY TO CELEBRATE.”

    Me : “Yeah, I know. I’m just feeling really good about mys–”

    My Interrupting Conscience : ” YOUR JOURNEY HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN!”

    Me : (returns to state of depression)

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