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Asked by Eric on 1999-12-22
Hi, Tyler. Im curious about the way to practise scales. My way doesen't seem to work. In what way should I practise them to get the most out of them when I play in a musical sitiuation. I meen, how should I think?
Answer posted by nonfractal on 2000-11-24
Eric, This is a DAMN hard question with no simple answer. Forget the \"warm the fingers\" stuff. Playing the scales will warm your fingers up soon enough. Use simple scales to warm up b4 you try the ones that\'ll stretch your fingers. Playing over music: Certainly, playing over a drum machine or a metronome is essential for building good timing. As for playing over chords and chord sequences this is complex. If the other guitar is playing an F, you can always play any of the notes that make up an F. Apart from that you can play the scale that fits the chord sequence. IE if you play CMaj, FMaj, GMaj, your in the key of C. So play around with the Cmaj scale or it\'s relative minor (A minor). It\'s not just the notes you hit, it\'s where you start and end. Just play with it you\'ll eventually find those sweet end notes... Something I do is use chords inbetween scales just to get a feel for how the scale fints. PLaying a shord then riffing a little leaves the sound of the chord in your mind as you play the scale, especially if you can get some open chords still ringing as you noodle around with the scale.

Answer posted by metal god on 2002-03-07
u should think dis way,imagine the fretboard is some kind of highway,try to innovate,skip from note to note,u can get to dis street then to dis street!

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