Welcome to your complete online guide to jazz guitar scales.
To speak and talk, you need to know words. To play music, you need to know scales. I have selected the most common scales in jazz for you to explore. For each scale below, I start of nice and slow. I’ll guide you through each note of the scale and show you how to apply it on to the guitar.
- Learn basic music theory.
- Master your major scale modes.
- Explore exotic scales.
- Have fun while you are learning.
The BEST Jazz Guitar Scale Guide on the Internet… really?
I have received very good and very bad advice for learning scales on jazz guitar over the years. I am happy to share with you what I have learnt and the most efficient and musical approach (in my opinion) to learning these scales on jazz guitar. I want to remind you that these lessons aren’t out of a textbook. I don’t TEACH these scales everyday, I USE them everyday. I am first and foremost a Jazz Guitar Player, and secondly a Jazz Guitar Teacher.
Why Should I Learn Scales?
Scales hold a vital role for you as an improviser – they give you a palette of sound to pull ideas from. The good news is practicing scales doesn’t have to be boring. My lesson ‘How To Practice Jazz Guitar Scales‘ is your best tool for having fun while learning and new scales.
Which is Better, Scales, Chord Tones or Arpeggios?
- Scales: full spectrum of available notes.
- Arpeggios: Instant inside notes to play.
- Chord tones: the BEST notes to play.
As you can see each of these tools has a different purpose. Arpeggios and chord tones are a direct and easy approach to improvising over chords. Scales are equally important because they are the full selection of available notes.
Get started now, use the links on the right to select your scale or carry on to PART 2 of this lesson; How To Master Jazz Guitar Scales.
All the best, I hope to see you around soon.
~ Sam Blakelock | pickupjazz.com