Guitar Nine Focus: Scales

Whether composing, improvising, or simply practicing technique, the importance of scales cannot be underestimated. Scales are organized sequences of notes played in an ascending or descending order that can help players build finger strength and dexterity, as well as help the improvisor/composer to establish moods and tell a story. Within any linear sequence of notes, you'll typically hear musical tension and resolution. While many guitarists begin their training with the 5-note Pentatonic scale, there is much to learn and absorb with the variety of scales that can be applied in creative ways over a myriad of chord progressions.

Here are dozens of articles by our columnists that have appeared over the years on the subject of scales, scale patterns, scale connection and more.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike Campese demonstrates that you can get many unique sounds out of just one scale.

Chris Juergensen
Chris Juergensen

A whole lot of great information about how to get new uses out of the pentatonic scale.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike Campese with more examples of getting many unique sounds out of just one scale.

Mick Neil
Mick Neil

A very challenging, but rewarding technique, with guitarist Mick Neil.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike Campese serves up a blended scale you can use to set your music apart from the ordinary.

Paul Tauterouff
Paul Tauterouff

Simple knowledge of pentatonics is all you need to utilize the modes in your lead guitar playing.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Develop both dexterity and versatility with these fretboard exercises.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike`s ideas will help you move up the neck very quickly.

Nick Kellie
Nick Kellie

Here`s how you can go about creating a whole host of chords quickly and effectively.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

You can make your own scales with these tips from Mike Campese.

Jean-Pierre Zammit
Jean-Pierre Zammit

Practicing scales in an interesting and systematic way.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Here`s a master class on the distinct sound of the harmonic minor scale, with your instructor, Mike Campese.

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