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.

Michael Knight
Michael Knight

Michael Knight has a 4-note diminished scale for you to add to your repertoire.

Jamie Andreas
Jamie Andreas

Virtuoso classical guitarist and instructor Jamie Andreas provides some clarity on the subject of scales.

Mike Philippov
Mike Philippov

Here it is, it`s right here, it`s here now and it`s right here for you - scale practicing that opens up creative options.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Are you playing too much? Well, it may be that you are not using enough pentatonic scales in your soloing!

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

You might think that the pentatonic scale is just an easy scale but with no depth - well, you are wrong.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Discover how learning scales actually fosters creativity.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike teaches you scale sequences (in the Hanon style, adapted from piano) that are great for your dexterity and precision.

Luca Sellitto
Luca Sellitto

Deepen your knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale, free yourself from the “5 boxes slavery”, expand your phrasing vocabulary and stimulate your creativity.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Mike digs a little deeper into the Altered scale, aka Super Locrian.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Building your chops while making practice time more interesting and even, fun.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

Now, Mike mixes up the rhythms when practicing scales to make things that much more interesting.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Koto on guitar - let's get exotic, shall we?

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