Saturday, August 19, 2017


How To Practice Guitar Scales for Beginners

One of the best ways to improve your playing skills is learning to dominate the guitar scales, However, as a beginner it is an impossible dream to see all the scales over the fretboard without having to pause and think about where they are. One of the best ways to get best this is by having an organized and effective system for learning guitar scales.

The only way your skills will improve is by learning the guitar scales, in doing so your music will flow in a more fluid manner. Even the most accomplished guitar players have struggled with scales at some point in their playing. So do not feel bad if you are struggling. Take a look at some of the most common problems associated with learning guitar scales.

One of the hardest parts of learning scales is the fact that there is such a large number. Many of us do not even know where to begin.

This early frustration is what hinders many beginners and had them laying down the guitar for good.

As you begin to visualize the entire fretboard it can become even more frustrating as you feel as though you are locked into just one part.

If you are playing the scales and not really hearing them, your sound is going to come off as very mechanical. This is due to the player not being able to internalize the sounds of the scales they are using.

One of the biggest mistakes beginner guitar players make is using the scales as a pattern and not notes. They are unaware of what notes are used within the scale. If you are able to identify the notes within the scale you are able to use the scale more efficiently when improvising.

When you are struggling to move freely around the fretboard, your music comes off sounding very rigid and disjointed. For most beginners, the problem they have is the application of the scales to real life playing situations.

One of the first things you must do to master the art of understanding scales is to be able to use your mind, eyes, ears, and fingers all at the same time. By using your ears, you will begin to know what each note sounds like while your eyes will help you envision the scale over the fretboard without having to stop and think about it.

By learning to do that, you will be able to play scales from any note, position, and string with your fingers. Your mind is used to bring it all together including learning to comprehend the scale in relation to the notes. As well as the scale degrees and learning where the scale can be used. You will have more of an understanding of the scale than you ever thought possible.

Once you have learned to follow that technique you will be able to actually apply the scale to real music playing. However, if any of those factors is missing you will never fully be able to utilize the scale fully.