Q&A: Why Bother Learning Scales?

Lesson #467 • Jan 12, 2023

Hey there, friends! Quick Q&A video, where I want to tackle the topic of scales: why they’re worth learning, when they’re NOT worth learning, and a few ways they can come in handy even if you have no interest in lead guitar.

Thanks Timothy for sending in this question – I hope this answer helps!

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Justin Sandercoe interviewing Steve Vai

The clip I showed is from Justin’s Instagram post. The full 12-minute interview is below. It’s pretty great to see how engaged Steve is… no lay-up answers!


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