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Good scales to do some Improvisation on

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caiothegreat  
11 Jan 2011 18:48 | Quote
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Lets name some scales that usually sound good in general when you improvise on.

Of course, there is the A Pentatonic Blues scale, always sounds good with improvisation, but if you know any other scales good for this stuff, post it here.
BodomBeachTerror  
11 Jan 2011 18:58 | Quote
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Natural minor, harmonic minor
EMB5490  
11 Jan 2011 19:09 | Quote
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A good scale to improv over? One that fits the chord change.

This is kinda a dumb question (no offense) because if the progression is lets say c#m Bm, Amaj7 G# you could use a c# harmonic minor, however it fits there. If your doing something else it may fit. The amswer is whatever fits.

How do you know what fits to what chord? Well thats theory, however once you know theory dont stay in the confines of it (i know ill get yelled at on here if i say only use your scales) but if you fully dont know them and dont know how to improv without going outta key, how are you gonna improv going outta key? So learn your theory.

To be honest i guess playing along with the question i love using diminished scales/arrpegios/licks. Adds flavor when it fits.

btimm  
11 Jan 2011 19:20 | Quote
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EMB5490 says:
A good scale to improv over? One that fits the chord change.

This is kinda a dumb question (no offense) because if the progression is lets say c#m Bm, Amaj7 G# you could use a c# harmonic minor, however it fits there. If your doing something else it may fit. The amswer is whatever fits.

How do you know what fits to what chord? Well thats theory, however once you know theory dont stay in the confines of it (i know ill get yelled at on here if i say only use your scales) but if you fully dont know them and dont know how to improv without going outta key, how are you gonna improv going outta key? So learn your theory.

To be honest i guess playing along with the question i love using diminished scales/arrpegios/licks. Adds flavor when it fits.



Be careful when telling people they have dumb questions, even though I know you didn't mean anything by it. Comments like this can turn people off of music, which can seem quite overwhelming at first. OP may just have a limited music knowledge base and is just learning and seeks help and not to be told their questions are unfounded.

This is not an attack on EMB, who is a good guy who always adds quality to this forum and community, but more of a generic observation about people in general. :o)
EMB5490  
11 Jan 2011 19:41 | Quote
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Yeah i know, i know. Im already a snob at 16 haha.

Ive kinda had a bad week but w/e.

I mean to say that with no offense and respect, just comes across wrong on the interwebs...
btimm  
11 Jan 2011 19:50 | Quote
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Well, I definitely understood you and like I said, I know you mean nothing by it, but people not familiar witht his community might not is all I meant. Hope your week gets better man, just play your "plank" as CS would say, should help ya a little. :o)
EMB5490  
11 Jan 2011 19:57 | Quote
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yeah my bad
Domigan_Lefty  
11 Jan 2011 20:06 | Quote
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I usually play in the key of A or C. (Very rarely I'll do D)
If I have a loop going I'll solo in the corresponding Key,

if there's no loop/rhythm guitar, I'll switch keys every 5 seconds.
Empirism  
15 Jan 2011 12:08 | Quote
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I recently felling totally love to D minor scale. Heres the very sweeet backing track to jam on and practise D minor. try it :)



Cheers
Emp

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coleman  
15 Jan 2011 23:10 | Quote
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i really like phrygian dom. it extends dom 7 chords to b9 its the 5th mode of harmonic minor i always use this one lick when i play the miles davis tune all blues. oh and the dorian mode is one of my faves to use over minor 7 chords.

i like to try and play "out" alot. like cromatic tritones and what my bud likes to call "stoner licks". alot of the time it doesn't work but im figuring out that i can play **ed up licks over the V chord and it works alot of the time.

i guess as far as keys/progressions to play over i really like Bb blues(form) and A Major, G Major. but i would like to start working more with the flat side of the circle of fifths more.
blazer  
16 Jan 2011 16:50 | Quote
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Thanks Empirism,I enjoyed the scale and the track!The Phrygian sweep works well with it also
blazer  
16 Jan 2011 17:02 | Quote
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blazer  
16 Jan 2011 17:05 | Quote
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Sorry everyone.I didnt mean to enlarge my mugshot
JustJeff  
17 Jan 2011 11:15 | Quote
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1. Insert Chord Progression.
2. Insert appropriate Blues Scale.
3. Profit.

Use a pentatonic, and you'll be fine no matter what.


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