Learning how to play guitar scales is one of the steps to become a lead guitar player. Most guitar players have that desire to play lead guitar.
Who would not? A lead guitar solo or a guitar instrumental is always a show stealer.
Please check our jam with my wife who plays bass and my teenage daughter who plays drums. Sorry for the video quality as it was done in haste.
I am a self-taught guitar player, but I struggled a lot because it is very hard to learn this way.
Even if you have friends who are talented guitar players, yet they are mostly not good guitar instructors.
It is also very costly to hire a guitar instructor, more so if you are into advanced lessons to play lead guitar.
My journey to learning guitar scales really started when I met a very talented guitarist about twenty years ago, who became my friend and mentor I should say.
He got perfect pitch but I was surprised he didn’t know anything about musical theory. He just played by ear.
After a practice for some cover songs, he asked us if we could just jam. We decided to play D chord progression and man, he’s just putting notes on the progression as if he is just telling a story.
When I ask him how he did that, he cannot explain, he said he just know which notes would sound good and which notes would sound bad.
So I researched and I found that you can achieve that by using scale patterns.I learned the hard way.
The greatest milestone I reached as a guitar player is when I learned how to use guitar scales to play lead solos on any key and on any chord progression.
You can even improvise solos as long as you are familiar with the scales. Improvisation means putting different notes on a solo on a particular song thereby altering the solo but would still sound impressive.
Improvisation means putting different notes on a solo on a particular song thereby altering the solo but would still sound impressive.
Sometimes when you watch a concert, you would notice that the lead guitar player is playing the solo different from the recorded version.
Sometimes I do it after our practice with my wife and daughter, as a self-expression and they love it.
A couple of times when we play at a party I, I did an instrumental after a song using the same chord progression and just used scale patterns and people asked me what ‘s the title of that nice instrumental I just did. Cool!
When the time comes that I have to give guitar lessons myself, I felt that I can only teach them what I know but not what they really want to know.
I am not a trained guitar instructor myself and my teaching techniques are not that structured. So I searched on the internet and I came across JamPlay.
Their training is well structured and not as costly as I would have charged my students. So I advised my students to join JamPlay and their progress is amazing.
They are happy because it is a lot cheaper and they can do lessons anytime and in the comfort of their homes.
Nowadays, I see very young guys who are very advanced players. It is because the training available today are enormous compared to the old days when mostly you have to play by ear.
Music theory is a simple subject to these new and young guitar players.The internet played a significant role. These kids have structured training online.
There are training videos on youtube, and there are books, but it will not replace a well-structured training, wherein a professional guitar instructor will monitor your progress and help you avoid having bad habits in playing.
Bad guitar playing habits are very hard to correct once a guitar player gets used to it.
Learning from a video on youtube is not enough because they are just snippets of training. There is no continuity.
When you try to learn from books, it is also difficult because nobody will monitor your progress. I have done that and it was a very slow progress.
There are also interactive tabs programs you can use like Guitar Pro which is a lot better than youtube videos or books, but you still need an instructor to monitor your progress.
I am not saying that you will never learn a thing from this method, I am just saying this is not enough.
If you are really serious about improving your guitar playing, check out JamPlay. They can make you the guitar player you want to be.
The videos they are using is high resolution and multi-angle which is very easy to follow. They have interactive tabs and sheet music.
Their price is also very affordable, and they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. So check it out.
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