All Scales Are Easy Guitar Scales
from Guitar Theory Day Two this is page 2

The term "easy guitar scales" is really a misnomer and a bit misleading.

The truth is that there isn’t really much technical difference between any guitar scales. It is true that some scale forms are a little trickier to master. This is especially true in the classical genre. Classical guitar tradition has some prescribed fingerings that fit into particular contexts. Not least of these contexts are learning guitar scale forms to pass an educational board/body formal graded examination performance. Even so other than some longer fingering patterns to memorise and a bit of stretching for some forms, the underlying technique and physical principles remain the same for all guitar scales. Whether you call them easy guitar scales or not the basic skills are the same. Jump straight to lesson videos

Why Are Some Called "Easy Guitar Scales" Then?

The answer to this lies in how easy you can you remember a scale and how easy you can use it. In reality if you can play an "easy guitar scale" then you can play any darn scale. 

Look at it like this: it may be a little harder to memorise a new phone number including the extra area codes and extensions but once you’ve got it, it’s no harder to “dial” than any other phone number now is it?

Ok so your local taxi company or directory service for your own country and city try to make it simple to remember (“easy phone numbers” ?) but using the phone doesn’t change now does it? The truth is that you will commit the idea to short term memory. Then if you use it enough (i.e. the number/scale) you will to make the break into long-term memory.

I suppose if we were really bent on naming these things we could or should really be saying “easier to remember guitar scales”.

As far as ease of use this really depends on what genre and style of music you are playing. A simple four note fragment of a pentatonic scale for soloing over a blues tune could work. A handy chunk of the dorian mode over a jazz II V I or a latin rock groove, why not? A simple open position scaler run in a renaissance lute or vihuela transcription, awesome!  Horses for courses! yeeehah!!

What Do I Do Now?

What you do know is choose a scale. If you have no idea what to choose don't worry. I will choose the G major (Ionian) scale for you. It is as good a place to start is any, in fact better than some. 

 Here is what you do. Play through the videos below.

Use your Theory (Head). Use your Technique (Hands). Use your Ear Training (Hearing). Use your Expression (Heartto make it musical. 

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Memorise (by any means necessary) Use your Head..

Add Decision and play meticulously  Use your Head and Hands

Add Pulse        Use your Head your Hands and your Hearing

Add Tempo  Use your Head Hands Hearing and your Heart 

Add Technique            Use your Hands

Add Symmetry             Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add Goals                       Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add an Ocatve             Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add Method                 Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add Practice                 Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add Patience                Head Hands Hearing Heart

Add Discipline              Head Hands Hearing Heart

Go Improvise                 Head Hands Hearing Heart

If you are already a practising musician yourself or you are looking for a way to get started playing with real people, you may want to check out some of the free musician matching sites in your area of the world to help you get playing with like minded "musos" with compatible styles and levels to your own. Just beware of the "free" service scams that are really "join free" and pay later to get the information! 

Once you get the hang of practising to make all scales "easy guitar scales" you're only a hop, skip and a jump away from some powerful improvising capabilities that you can use live with other real musicians. You can always just start with the videos above and sign in to my RSS feed to get notified of the upcoming videos. Happy Playing! For more ideas and resources go straight to my  YouTube Channel here

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