The Complete Jazz Guitar Scale Guide
Jazz Guitar Scales are one of the most important and sought after musical devices for improvisors of all levels, backgrounds and musical tastes, which is why I decided to put together this jazz guitar scale guide.
They provide theoretical knowledge about how notes are arranged in a musical contest, teach us the different positions on the guitar and open our hands, eyes and ears to the geometrical nature of the instrument.
For those of us who are learning scales in order to better our abilities as improvisers, it is important to keep in mind that while jazz guitar scales are a great way to learn the neck of the guitar, get different sounds in our ears and train our fingers to do what we need them to do, their knowledge alone will not make one a great improviser.
A thorough knowledge of the vocabulary (licks, patterns and melodies) of the genre you are interested in, coupled with a good knowledge of triads, jazz guitar scales and arpeggios, is the best way to ensure that you are ready to rip a great solo the next time you step on stage.
Click on any scale or mode below in the jazz guitar scale guide to learn more about how each mode is built, how to apply these concepts to a musical situation and to get fingering charts for 1 and 2 octave modes, along with three fingering variations for each.
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- Major Pentatonic Scales
- Minor Pentatonic Scales
- Mixolydian Pentatonic Scales
- Dorian Pentatonic Scales
- Minor Major 7 Pentatonic Scales
- b9 Pentatonic Scales
- b13 Pentatonic Scales
- Altered Pentatonic Scale Primer
- Augmented Scales
- Whole Tone Scales
- Half-Whole Diminished Scale
- Whole-Half Diminished Scale
- Tri-Tone Scale
- Chromatic Scales