Guitar Scales are an excellent educational tool, but you may have wondered if they are really worth learning. Perhaps they are just a waste of time. After all, like others, you probably just want to learn your favorite songs so you can jam with your friends, right? What benefit could there be in learning some musty old scale that’s been around for hundreds of years?
The Benefit of Learning Guitar Scales:
Scales can increase your understanding of music fundamentals and concepts. This includes understanding:
- the guitar fretboard
They are also very “practical” tools for …
- developing finger dexterity
- developing speed
- developing your ear
- developing techniques
- developing solo leads & licks
Many people get excited about learning how to play the guitar after hearing or seeing a famous musician who appears to play so effortlessly. Perhaps they were dazzled by the lightning fast licks of Van Halen, or the amazing fingerstyle techniques of Michael Hedges.
Whoever their initial source of inspiration was isn’t the real issue. They just know that a spark was ignited and they now have a burning desire to learn how to play the guitar!
So they buy a guitar and are pumped-up with new ambition. But it isn’t long before reality sets in. After learning some basic chords and perhaps a few popular songs, the new aspiring student discovers that becoming a great guitar player is much harder than they expected. In fact, they come to realize that it requires dedication, time, education and lots of practice!
This student has reached the same crossroads as many others who have gone before. Now it’s decision time. Either they give it up, or persevere and move on…
If you’ve “been there, done that” and are ready to continue, then I am pretty confident that you are willing to do whatever it takes to become the best guitar player you can be.
And that’s where learning how to play scales on the guitar comes in handy!
So, if you haven’t been using guitar scales to improve your playing, I suggest getting started today.