Friday, November 20, 2015

More Scales!

This week we looked at a bunch of new scales, so let's see what you've learned!

1) Let's start with pentatonics. Each of the following is either major or minor pentatonic. All you need to do is tell me which one. Simple!

2) Now let's move to Blues. the Blues scale is largely a melodic thing, so let's try writing a melody with it. Interestingly, in 12-bar blues, you usually use the same scale for the whole thing, even as the chords change. So here's a simple blues backing track in A: Listen to it and try to write some melodies with the blues scale over it. See what you like: The Blues is all about what you feel and what sounds good to you in the moment.

3) Finally, let's look at the uniform and altered scales. All of these are scales built on a rule. For the uniform scales, it's a set interval, and for altered it's a consistent alteration to the major scale. What would happen if, instead of flatting every note in major, you sharped them all? How do you think that might sound? What are some other rules you could build a scale with? Get creative!

And that's it! Put your answers in the comments below or on the video, and we'll see you next week!

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