Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website…
Q). One problem I’m having when studying scales is that I don’t fully understand how to apply them. Especially, exotic scales. So, could you go through how a guitarist should approach this? Maybe, run through a scale for me I’m studying now, it’s the, “Egyptian Scale.” Thanks Andrew! Gus — Germany
A). The idea of practicing new scales (whether they’re exotic or not) has a lot to do with having a solid entrance approach with new scales. There’s a 3-Step process I like to use to help my own students with learning scales. Eventually this idea can be adapted to learn any new type of scale. The method begins with that of pattern recognition, so practice the heck out of your scale shapes all over the neck, in all keys… Also, you must recognize that every scale has it’s own unique harmony, (harmony = the chords that come from the scale you’re studying). Ultimately, there comes the creation of short chord progressions that you can jam on over & over again to attain your; licks, lines, runs, musical statements and ideas. Down the road the scale will become well engrained and very easy to create melodies with!