The Guitar Player's Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios

The Guitar Player's Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios

Dan Miller & Tim May
The Guitar Player's Practical Guide to Scales and Arpeggios

written by Dan Miller & Tim May

Book/2-CD pack from the publishers of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine! Learn scales in a way that's easy, fun, interesting, and informative, and learn how to apply scales practically when learning new melodies, embellishing those melodies to create your own solos and variations, and in exploring improvisations. "The goal here was to really dive in and explore the most useful scales for playing American roots music in the most common key and the most common position." 160 pp. with 136 audio tracks on 2 CDs.

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Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Practice Suggestions
  • The "Big Four"

    Major Scales

  • The G Scale Open Position, Lower Octave
  • The G Scale Open Position, Lower Octave, Ascending and Decending
  • G Major Scale Open Position Lower Octave Example Exercises
  • Finding Melodies
  • "When the Saints Go Marching In"
  • Finding the Melody Guidelines
  • Scale Improvisation Practice
  • Finding Major and Minor chord Tones
  • A Word About Improvisation
  • Ear Training Exercises
  • The G Scale Open Position, Higher Octave
  • The G Scale Open Position, Lower Octave, Higher Octave Example
  • The G Scale Open Position, Lower and Upper Octaves
  • "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain"
  • Mode Scales
  • Matching Mode Scale Patterns to a Chord Progression
  • Mode Scale Practice
  • Intervals
  • Intervals in the Key of G
  • Playing Intervals Relative to the Root
  • Song Association
  • Interval Exercises
  • Open Position Major Scales in Other Major and Minor Keys
  • Scale Practice Checklist

    Folded Major Scales

  • Exercise 1: 4-Note Folded Scale #1
  • Exercise 2: 4-Note Folded Scale #2
  • Exercise 3: 4-Note Folded Scale #3
  • Exercise 4: 3-Note Folded Scale #1
  • Exercise 5: 2-Note Folding Thirds #1
  • Exercise 6: 4-Note Folding Thirds
  • Exercise 7: 6-Note Folded Scale
  • Exercise 8: 3-Note Folded Phrases 1
  • Exercise 9: 3-Note Folded Phrases 2
  • Exercise 10: 3-Note Folding Phrases 3
  • Exercise 11: Straight and Folded Scale Combined 1
  • Exercise 12: Straight and Folded Scale Combined 2
  • Exercise 13: Straight and Folded Scale Combined 3
  • Exercise 14: Straight and Folded Scale Combined 4
  • Exercise 15: Straight and Folded Scale Combined 5
  • Song Example: Forked Deer (A Section)
  • Exercise 16: Patterns from Songs 1
  • Song Example: Forked Deer Variation 1
  • Song Example: Forked Deer Variation 2
  • Exercise 17: Patterns from Songs 2
  • Song Example: Blackberry Blossom (A Section)
  • Song Example: Blackberry Blossom Variation
  • Exercise 18: Patterns from Songs 3
  • Exercise 19: Patterns from Songs 4
  • Exercise 20: Patterns from Songs 5
  • Exercise 21: Patterns from Songs 6
  • Using Scales and Folded Scales to Embellish Melody
  • "Arkansas Travler" - Melody
  • "Arkansas Travler" - Using Scales and Folded Scales
  • "Turkey In The Straw" - Melody
  • "Turkey In The Straw" - Using Scales and Folded Scales
  • "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain"
  • "Sailor's Hornpipe" - Melody
  • Straight Scale and Folded Scale Example

    The Major Pentatonic Scale

  • The G Major Pentatonic Scale
  • Folding The G Major Pentatonic Scale
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Melody
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using just the Major Pentatonic Scale
  • "Amazing Grace" - Melody
  • "Amazing Grace" - Using just the Major Pentatonic Scale
  • The C and D Major Pentatonic Scale

    The Major Blues Scale

  • The G Major Blues Scale
  • Common G Major Blues Scale Licks
  • Folding G Major Blues Scale
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using just the Major Blues Scale

    Playing Major Scales Over Diatonic Chords

  • Notes in the G Scale and Diatonic Chords
  • Chromatic Clock
  • Diatonic Chords in the Key of G
  • Double Stops
  • Finding Double Stops in Chord Shapes
  • "Amazing Grace" - Using Double Stops
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using Double Stops

    Harmonized Scales

  • G Scale Harmonized Scales
  • Harmonized Scales Example 1
  • Harmonized Scales Example 2
  • Harmonized Scales Example 3
  • Harmonized Scales Example 4 - Using an Open Drone
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using a Few Harmonized Scales
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Alternate Resolving Phrase
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Alternate Resolving Phrase to Part A
  • C and D Scale Diatonic Third Intervals on B and E Strings

    The Toggle

  • Examples of the Toggle
  • Wildwood Flower Example

    Minor Scales

  • G "Natural" Minor Scale
  • G "Harmonic" Minor Scale
  • G "Melodic" Minor Scale
  • The Dorian Mode

    Minor Pentatonic and Minor Blues Scales

  • G Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • G Minor Pentatonic Scale Open Position (Lower Octave)
  • G Minor Pentatonic Scale Open Position (Higher Octave)
  • G Minor Pentatonic Scale Open Position (Two Octaves) Folded Scales
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using the Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Improvising the Blues
  • Improvisation Tips
  • G Minor Blues Scale
  • Folded G Minor Blues Scale
  • Minor Blues Scales in Various Keys
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Using Minor Blues Scale

    Crosspicking Arpeggios

  • Crosspicking Patterns
  • C Chord Crosspicking Exercise
  • Crosspicking Over I-IV-V Progression in G
  • "Wildwood Flower" Example
  • "Banks of the Ohio": Crosspicking
  • "Beaumont Rag" Crosspicking Pattern
  • More Crosspicking Patterns
  • String Skipping Crosspicking Exercises
  • "Blackberry Blossom" Harmonized Scale with Crosspicking
  • "Blackberry Blossom" with String Skipping
  • The Rhythm Pick Pattern
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" using RPP Rhythm
  • The RPP and Crosspicking

    A Study of "Home Sweet Home"

  • "Home Sweet Home" Melody
  • "Home Sweet Home" Quarter Note Carter Style
  • "Home Sweet Home" Subdivide 1
  • "Home Sweet Home" Subdivide 2
  • "Home Sweet Home" Subdivide 2 with Single Note Articulation 1
  • "Home Sweet Home" Subdivide 2 with Single Note Articulation 2
  • "Home Sweet Home" Simple Crosspicking Roll Style
  • "Home Sweet Home" More Complex Crosspicking Style
  • "Home Sweet Home" Adding the Rhythm Pick Pattern
  • "Home Sweet Home" Mixing it All Up

    Harmonized Scales on Non-Adjacent Strings

  • Harmonized Scale Non-Adjacent Strings Exercises
  • "Blackberry Blossom" Harmonized Scales on Non-Adjacent Strings

    The Chromatic Scale

  • "Lonesome Road Blues" - Adding Chromatic Phrases

    Chord and Arpeggio Summary

    Appendix - The Rest Stroke

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