This portion of the site is devoted to the study and application of scales in theory and as applied to the guitar. The lessons build on previous lessons, so if you come across an unfamiliar term or idea not explained in the lesson, it might help to go back and read through previous lessons. Some of this information can be found in a different form in either the lesson archives, or the on-line book. These lessons are more streamlined and do not contain as much review per lesson.


Beginner's Scale lessons

These lessons work step-by-step through the conventions, and abstractions considered foundational to further studies.

  1. How to read TAB
  2. How to read fretboard maps/diagrams
  3. Troubleshooting finger problems
  4. The Chromatic scale
  5. Finger warmups
  6. First scales
  7. Intervals
  8. Step patterns
  9. Major Scale
  10. Articulations
  11. Root notes
  12. Up the neck
  13. Licks, riffs, Fills

Glossary of terms


Intermediate Scale Lessons


  1. Building a context
  2. Intervals
  3. General Scale theory
  4. Pentatonic Major
  5. Pentatonic minor
  6. Scatting, soloing, and improvising.
  7. Articulations, pt.2
  8. The major scale (the ionian mode)
  9. The minor scale (the aeolian mode)
  10. Single string technique
  11. Mixolydian mode
  12. Modes of the major scale, pt.1
  13. Modes of the major scale, pt.2
  14. Modes of the major scale, pt.3
  15. Dorian mode
  16. Lydian mode
  17. Phrygian mode

  18. Some minor scales (harmonic min., melodic min., gypsy min.)
  19. Harmonic minor scale
  20. Modes of the harmonic minor scale
  21. Spanish major
  22. Blues scale
  23. Modes of the pentatonic scales
  24. Melodic minor
  25. Modes of the melodic minor scale
  26. Diminished scales (W-1/2,1/2-W)
  27. Gypsy Minor scale
  28. Modes of the Gypsy Minor Scale
  29. Modes and progressions revisited

  30. Whole tone scale and other symmetric scales
  31. Create your own scale lessons
  32. Hungarian scale and its modes
  33. Enigmatic scale and its modes
  34. Neapolitan Scale and its modes
  35. Neapolitan minor scale and its modes
  36. Persian scale and its modes
  37. the Bop scale
  38. Hirojoshi and its modes
  39. Pelog and Balinese and their modes

Scales to chords/chords to scales

Scale Syllabus


Advanced Scale Lessons

This site is under construction. Anything listed without a link is in the editing phase or on the list to be edited soon.


  1. Modal families


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