Oh yes, scales have caused quite a bit of heated debates amongst guitarists. Some love ‘em and some hate ‘em. Should you even care? I think so my friend, watch the video to see why!
Acoustic Guitar Lessons Q&A – Should I Learn Guitar Scales?
Learning Guitar Scales will allow you to tap into the melodic aspect of the acoustic guitar which I have to admit is loads of fun. Most beginner acoustic guitar players don’t really focus on the melodic side of things when they learn to play acoustic guitar which is perfectly understandable. All you need to get going at first is some chords and rhythms. Using just those two things you’d be able to play literally 100′s of songs without knowing any scales.
But perhaps you want to spice up your acoustic guitar playing a bit by delving into the melodic side of the guitar and for that you’d need scales for sure. If you’re looking to learn about chord embellishments scales will help you with the additional notes that you can use to chop and change your chords which is fantastic. Let’s say you’re jamming in the key of G and you know the G Major scale then you can use that along with the chords. Now obviously I’m leaving out a lot of crucial info here, but this post is just supposed to help you decide whether learning scales would be worthwhile to you.
Another killer bonus of learning guitar scales is the left and right hand synchronization elements. You’ll start to develop some essential coordination skills between both your hands as well as loosening up the fingers in the left hand. I always find it helpful to run up and down a few patterns when I start my practice session to warm up a bit.
So there you have it. Learn scales if you want to spice things up melodically as well as a way to develop some chops.
What are your thoughts about learning guitar scales?