Learning guitar scales can be overwhelming and even a frustrating experience.
It's hard to know where to begin and what the best way to learn scales is. Here are 3 crucial mistakes that new guitarists make learning scales and how you can avoid them.
1. Learn Guitar Scales - Mistake No. 1
Are you trying to learn too many scales at once?
Tim Ferris talks in his blog about multi-tasking and how doing two things at the same time has the same effect on your IQ and concentration as not sleeping for 36 hours straight.
This concept holds true for learning guitar scales. If you try and learn two guitar scales at the same time you are setting yourself up for failure before you even start.
2. Learn Guitar Scales - Mistakes No. 2
How many scales do I need to learn?
It's a common question when you're starting off learning scales and one that has no definitive answer.
One thing is for sure. Guitar scales should not be learned from a list.
The best thing to do is decide what type of music you would like to play. Then select a scale that represents this type of music. That's the scale you should start learning.
3. Learn Guitar Scales - Mistake No. 3
Are you trying to learn the notes and positions of scales by repetition?
If you are doing this you're on a loser straight away. The best way to learn guitar scales is by learning licks and solos based around the scales.
A fantastic technique is to learn how to play your favourite riff in one scale and then figure out how to play it in a different scale.
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