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Playing Scales

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22 Aug 2008 17:42 | Quote
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Whenever i play scales and im sure everyone is the same at some point, i find myself playing the same old stuff, and in general sounds fairly boring, has anyone got any tips to spice it up a bit?
22 Aug 2008 17:45 | Quote
Joined: 08 Dec 2007
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PLay them backwards and then skip every second note and third and so on it changes the scales and then you should find your self coming up with some intresting things
22 Aug 2008 19:15 | Quote
Joined: 18 May 2008
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Also, just play 4 notes in a row, then move back 3, repeat.
22 Aug 2008 19:42 | Quote
Joined: 04 Jan 2007
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You could play the scales using intervals such as a 3rd or a 4th, so instead of playing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 you could play 1 3 2 4 3 5 4 6 5 7 6 1 or 1 4 2 5 3 6 4 7 5 1 6 2 7 3 1 etc
22 Aug 2008 22:38 | Quote
Joined: 16 Aug 2008
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well, scales aren't a creative outlet, although they can get pretty boring. remember to play the scale at every position. try different modes. for a fun challenge, learn to play the melodic minor properly, differently up then as down.

if you do scales with a metronome for a hour a day, no distractions, focusing on playing smoothly, and bumping up the tempo every ten minutes, doing a different scale every 2 minutes, you will see the payoff pretty quick. even if you can't find a way to make it fun... well, if you want to be really good, just suck it up and do it anyways.
26 Aug 2008 17:24 | Quote
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
To be fair ive been playing around past few days and i think a lot of the repetativness is because i alwways play blues, and minor pentonic, but now im playing the major scale, it just seems to be much more exciting.

Although its strange i dont like playing blues and minor pentatonic as much as others, because i like Rock/Indie and minor pentatonic and blues are used all the time in them.
26 Aug 2008 17:33 | Quote
Joined: way back
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Try minor scales or mode. I also noticed vibrato, string bends, and tremolo picking makes a huge difference. Sometimes the structure(chord changes) of a song is what leads a solo to sound dull or boring.
26 Aug 2008 18:05 | Quote
Joined: 27 May 2008
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repeats, bends, pull offs, tremolo, vibrato, attach several modes.. theres tons of stuff u can do
26 Aug 2008 20:16 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Karma: 2
Speed pick them, add some random stuff in between them. Just experiment with them

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