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Scale 1: The Minor Pentatonic Scale A pentatonic scale is a scale that has 5 notes per octave.
The minor pentatonic scale is typically the first scale guitarists learn to solo with and is very commonly used to form solos in rock, blues, and other popular styles.
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Scale 3: The Natural Minor Scale or the Aeolian Mode The natural minor scale is very commonly used in rock and popular styles.
As well as being used to form solos, the chords formed from the natural minor scale would be the most commonly used chords in popular chord progressions.
You might also like to take a look at our guitar scales chart for a chart of the main positions of these 6 scales.
If you would like to practice this scale over a backing track you can use the blues backing tracks or the backing tracks designed for the Aeolian mode or the Dorian mode. Here I will show you through some of the most common scales used on the guitar in soloing and improvisation, talk a bit about their use and illustrate some of the most common positions to play these scales.I’ll then also discuss how to practice these scales as well as some basic theory concepts that are useful to understand in relation to scales.Soloing over the blues using this scale is relatively easy to get the basics of, but you could spend a life time honing the subtle nuances of the style, such as the feel of the bends, the vibratos and the timing of your phrases.You can practice this scale over our blues backing tracks.