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Guitar Scale Mastery – Improve your guitar scales

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Dear fellow guitar fanatic,

Before we go any further, let me say that what you’re about to learn about is definitely NOT suitable for everyone. And because I don’t want to waste your time, could you please ask yourself three quick questions…

Can I improvise solos with the level of fluidity, skill and musicality that I truly want?

Can I see all the scales that I want to know over the entire fretboard…without having to think?

Do I currently use an organised, effective and proven system for learning scales?

If you answered “Yes” to all three questions…then you DON’T need to read any further.

Still with me? Yes? Great! Please read the rest of this page carefully. It’s quite long, but it is important that you read every word. That way you’ll understand exactly what you stand to gain…

Do any of the following problems sound familiar?…

You feel overwhelmed by how many scales you need to learn. Let’s face it. There are huge numbers of scales that you could learn. It is sometimes hard to even know where to start! This frustration and overwhelm can make you feel less enthusiastic about your guitar practice.

You struggle with using scales in a musical way. Often guitar players don’t make music when they solo. They just sound like they are running up-and-down scales. They have no idea how to use scales in a musical and interesting way.

You can’t visualize scales effortlessly over the ENTIRE fretboard. This can be really frustrating! It feels like you’re “locked” into one part of the fretboard when you solo.

You play scales without truly HEARING them. Often guitar players haven’t totally internalized the sounds of the scales that they use. This can lead to a very unmusical and mechanical style of soloing. It can also lead to an inability to play-by-ear easily and confidently.

You see scales as patterns NOT notes. Many guitarists make the mistake of only learning scales as patterns. Often they are not totally aware of what notes are used in the scales. Knowing the notes of a scale can really help you understand where to use the scale when you are improvising.

You struggle with moving fluidly between different parts of the fretboard. This lack of ability to play a scale seamlessly over the entire fretboard can lead to a very rigid, disjointed and unmusical soloing style.

You stuggle with applying scales in real-life playing situations. Guitarists often find it challenging to jam with other musicians using the scales that they have just learnt in their practice room. Often they can’t adapt their scale knowledge to a new and unfamiliar situation. There just seems to be a piece of the puzzle missing.

All of the above problems are frustrating as hell! And do you know what…

Almost everyone struggles with these problems at some stage. You are not alone. :-)

Solving these problems puts you in the top 5% of guitar players…

Think about your guitar playing friends for a moment. How many of them totally dominate scales? How many can solo musically, fluidly, all over the fretboard…and make it look as if they aren’t even trying? My guess would be…

NOT MANY! :-)

Why is this? There are dozens and dozens of scale books out there. There are also MANY websites that have information on scales. Why are there so few guitar players who have actually mastered scales?

This question is worthy of some serious thought.

I believe the answer is this…

Very few scale learning methods focus on all five of the essential mastery skills that lead to complete scale mastery…

Most scale learning “methods” will give you a whole bunch of scale fingerings. Then they show you some licks. Maybe they even give you a few backing tracks. Then they leave you to it! This does not work for most people. It only works for the most talented guitar players out there. Most of us need some extra help!

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