Guitar scales presented in easy-to-read fretboard diagrams and tabs makes learning new scales fast and fun! Whether it’s the seven major modes, the major and minor pentatonic scales, or more sophisticated scales like melodic minor, harmonic minor, whole tone, and diminished, The Guitar Book: Volume 2 covers them all… and more!
If you’re interested in discovering new guitar scales or finding different ways to practice the ones you already know, or perhaps you’re just looking to get inspired by learning some new guitar licks, then you’ve come to the right place!
Covering nearly 100 pages, Volume 2 is the ultimate resource for guitar scales, guitar exercises, and guitar licks.
Inside this book, you’ll find:
• 17 Scales
• 119 Scale Patterns
• 51 Guitar Licks
• 51 Scale Exercises
• Major Modes
• Pentatonic Scales
• Blues Scales
• Diminished & Whole-Tone Scales
The Major Modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian
Pentatonic Scales: Major, Minor, Blues, and Major Blues
Minor, Diminished, and Whole-Tone Scales: Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Half-Diminished, Diminished, Dominant Diminished, and Whole Tone
Scale Exercises: Three-Note Sequence, Four-Note Sequence, and Diatonic 3rds & 4ths
Guitar Licks: Ionian, Dorian, Phyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, Blues Scales, Major Blues Scale, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Half-Diminished, Diminished, Dominant Diminished, and Whole Tone
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All of the material is presented in easy-to-understand fretboard diagrams and tab, making learning fast and fun!
Author Troy Nelson has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has a passion for helping others learn to love the guitar as much as he does.
From the author of the 10-year bestseller Guitar Aerobics (Hal Leonard), Troy Nelson once again brings his easy-to-follow guitar teaching style to this helpful guitar resource handbook.
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Also available: The Guitar Book: Volume 1 – The Ultimate Resource for Discovering New Guitar Chords & Arpeggios
If you’re interested in discovering new guitar scales or finding different ways to practice the ones you already know, or perhaps you’re just looking to get inspired by learning some new guitar licks, then you’ve come to the right place! Whether it’s the seven major modes, the major and minor pentatonic scales, or more sophisticated scales like melodic minor, harmonic minor, whole tone, and diminished, The Guitar Book: Volume 2 covers them all… and more!
The book opens with a section on Scales (naturally!), which provides a thorough introduction to no fewer than 17 scales before moving on to Guitar Exercises, a section that offers an opportunity to put all of these scales through extensive workouts. Finally, the book wraps up with a Guitar Licks section. Here, you’ll get a chance to see how these scales can be used to create “real world” guitar licks (three from each scale, 51 total), ones that you can add to your own repertoire.
This section starts with the seven major modes before moving on to pentatonic scales (major, minor, blues, major blues) and then wrapping up with a half dozen scales that don’t get quite the same fretboard time as the others but are nonetheless good to know: harmonic minor, melodic minor, half diminished, diminished, dominant diminished, and whole tone.
Each scale is presented as seven different patterns, five vertical and two horizontal, using both fretboard diagrams and tab to facilitate the learning process (the presentation is identical to what is used for the arpeggios in The Guitar Book: Volume 1). When played side by side, the five vertical patterns cover the entire fretboard, much like the “box” patterns for the major and minor pentatonic scales, which you already may be familiar with. Meanwhile, the two horizontal patterns help to connect the vertical patterns and facilitate quick and efficient movement from low to high registers of the guitar neck, and vice versa. So, once you have all seven patterns memorized, you’ll have good command of that scale in every position of the fretboard!
This portion of the book is a perfect follow-up to the Scales section because, once you have a pretty good handle on a scale, you can move ahead to this part of the book and put that scale through a workout, using any one (or all) of the three exercises: three-note sequence, four-note sequence, or diatonic 3rds and 4ths. (Pattern 1 of each scale is used to demonstrate the exercises, but once you’re comfortable with the sequences, transferring them to the other patterns should be relatively easy.) Playing the scales in this manner is not only more musical, it also helps with the memorization process and increases pick- and fret-hand dexterity.
One thing lacking in a lot of other “scale” books is a section that demonstrates how scales can be used to create useable, “real world” guitar licks. After all, what good is learning a scale forwards and backwards if, at the end of the day, you don’t know what to do with it? That’s where this section comes into play—literally.
You can think of this section as an award for all your hard work—you finally get to see these scales in action (if you haven’t already jumped ahead!). Here, you’ll find 51 guitar licks, three for each of the 17 scales, ranging in styles from metal and blues to country and bluegrass. I suggest playing through all of them, listening to the audio demonstrations, and incorporating into your own arsenal of licks the ones you like best. And be sure to note the patterns that the licks are derived from, which are listed in the small table preceding the tab. This will help you get a feel for how each of the five vertical patterns can be used to create lead phrases, and how the horizontal patterns are helpful for connecting the vertical ones.
Keep in mind that The Guitar Book: Volume 2 is not a guitar method; it’s a guitar resource. In other words, it supplies you the tools, but it’s up to you to learn how to properly use them. Therefore, I suggest using The Guitar Book: Volume 2 as a reference in your weekly guitar lessons or as a supplement to your other instructional material, whether it’s another one of my books (e.g., Modern Lead Guitar or Master Pentatonic Scales for Guitar in 14 Days), a song you’re trying to learn, or a YouTube tutorial.
Once you get a handle on the scales, exercises, and licks in Volume 2, you might want to check out The Guitar Book: Volume 1, which is an excellent precursor to this book. Volume 1 features an abundance of useful and practical chords and arpeggios, everything from basic major and minor triad shapes to more sophisticated 7th chords and extended chords (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths). Plus, the formatting is the same (fretboard diagrams and tab), so you’re sure to pick up the music examples as quickly and easily as the ones in this book!
The Major Modes