How to Learn Music Scales

If you’re new to the guitar or any other instrument you’re probably starting to learn scales.  In music, scales are the building blocks of music and they are something that you absolutely need to know. It takes time to learn your scales and more importantly to put them into practice. Here are some tips for learning music scales.

Tips for Learning Music Scales

Use a Metronome

A metronome is essential for learning music scales. You need to start slowly before you can play fast. If you can’t play a scale slowly without making mistakes, don’t try it fast because you’ll just make the same mistakes over and over again. With a metronome you can gradually increase the tempo of the scale until you can play it fast without making any mistakes. A metronome is your best tool for practicing scales so ensure you’re using one when you work on material.

Know the Notes of the Scale

It’s a good idea to know the note sof the scale you’re playing. Do you know the notes of C Major? How about E Pentatonic? If you know the notes this makes it easier to understand the scale and actually make music with it. Music theory may be boring, but it really is more important than you realize if you want to be a well rounded musician.

Play Scales Daily

You need to play your scales day after day after day until they are both ingrained in your brain as well as your fingers. Play the scale with your eyes closed if you can. By playing scale over and over your fingers will automatically find the notes. One way to warm-up is to simply play some scales back and forth a few times at different locations on your instrument of choice.

Jam with Scales

One of the best ways to practice scales is to take a scale and play it over a jam track as you improvise. You can use YouTube for this as there are tons of jam tracks on that site that you can use. Pick the scale you want to practice and find a jam track for it on YouTube and practice playing. Major scales and pentatonic scales are perfect for this as you’ll find many YouTube tracks for these scales. This works well because you’re not just practicing scales, you’re using them in actual musical applications such as solos.

Learn All Twelve keys

Once you learn a scale, transpose it to all twelve keys. Just remember that the scale won’t change just the position that you play the scale at. It can take time to learn them all so be sure to practice as much as possible. This is good practice and you’ll learn scales quickly if you do this.

By learning music scales, you’ll become a well-rounded musician and be able to play with any other musician no matter what their styles because you’ll know the basic building blocks of music which are scales and their associated keys.

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