Jazz Guitar Scales

1 Guitar Scale Exercise Every Guitarist Needs to Know

Learning and practicing scales is an important part of learning how to play jazz guitar.

One of the most effective ways to learn chords, scales and licks is to apply them into a musical situation.

The guitar scale exercise in this article is a fun way of practicing scales in a musical and More >

Do You Know These 3 Melodic Minor Applications?

The melodic minor scale is an essential harmonic tool to use when learning jazz guitar.

This article aims to break down three different melodic minor applications and demonstrate how they can be used over common chord sequences.

A firm grasp and understanding of the melodic minor and its modes is More >

Blues Scale Licks for Guitar Bars 1 - 4

Blues Scale Licks Guitar Study

This article contains 5 blues scale licks to help expand your jazz guitar vocabulary and soloing skills.

The blues scale licks are presented in a 12 bar blues etude in conjunction with chords.

The formula for this etude is always one bar of a shell voicing using the charleston rhythm followed by More >

Josh Homme Scale Lick

How to Play The Josh Homme Scale on Guitar

This lesson explains how to play the Josh Homme scale on guitar. Josh Homme is a guitarist mostly known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age.

QOTSA’s songs feature many classic guitar riffs which sometimes result in Josh Homme’s lead guitar playing getting over looked.

A student of mine More >

Diminished Arpeggios

How to Play Diminished Scales on Guitar

In today’s lesson I will explain how to play the diminished scale on guitar by looking at two the most commonly used shapes: whole-half and half-whole. When learning to play jazz guitar, one chord type that usually gets neglected by guitarists is the diminished chord and it’s scales, so More >

Jazz Guitar Scales: ii V I Scales

Learning to play jazz guitar means knowing how to play and practice scales so we can outline harmony. There are three ii V I scales jazz guitarists mainly use in some way or form when improvising over a ii-V-I which build a foundation for fancier scales such as the whole-tone and the bebop More >

One Melodic Minor Scale Shape Every Guitarist Should Know

Earlier this week on my Facebook Page I asked what readers would like to see a new lesson on and reader Jackson P commented “how to use melodic minor scale sounds for soloing. I am working on it at the moment and it seems over a minor I can’t get it sound any good”.

I decided to pick this More >

You Only Need To Know 2 Whole-Tone Scales to Play Over Any Dominant Chord

When learning scales, most guitarists tend to focus on major scales and modes which are important, but one lesser studied symmetrical scale that can add some flavour to your playing is the whole-tone scale. The whole-tone scale is a great scale to learn if you want to add some crunch to your lines. More >

4 Fun Ways to Practice Guitar Scales

Being a good jazz guitar player means knowing how to practice guitar scales so that they stick in our ears and under our fingers. Having devoted countless hours to this over the years, I have discovered several effective ways to do this which I’d like to share with you in this artcle.

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How to Play Bebop Scales on Guitar

When it comes to learning scales on the guitar, there’s certainly no shortage with so many to learn, so which ones do musician’s actually use and incorporate into their playing that will make you a better jazz guitarist?

Well there’s no shortcut for knowing the major scale, it’s the most More >

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