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!
“If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt
Here’s the Anyone Can Play Guitar video lesson I cite:
And here’s Van Zandt’s original recording of the song:
Other Related Lessons I’ve Made on Scales
Major Scale Positions and CAGED Chord Shapes
Walk-ups, Walk-downs, and the fretboard
How I Learned to Travis Pick with "Clay Pigeons"
And of course, there’s my Practical Music Theory course which I recommend checking out!
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