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.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

The pentatonic scale contains 5 notes; the melodic combinations you have to work with are endless.

Andy Martin
Andy Martin

A complete primer on these amazing scales.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

Creating unlimited licks using the pentatonic scale.

Tommaso Zillio
Tommaso Zillio

What we are being told by traditional music theory, is a load of crap.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

If you know all of your scale patterns, but are not sure how to connect them, this lesson will help you.

Mike Campese
Mike Campese: The Fire Within

A great way to connect the five basic major scale patterns.

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