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Watch the Scale Creativity Guidebook online guitar lesson by Richard Hallebeek from Scale Creativity Guidebook

Hi, I'm Richard Hallebeek and welcome to Scale Creativity Guidebook! From the past 35 years of teaching, I feel the most valuable lesson I could give to students is how to learn and practice their scales and how to be creative with it. Most people practice their scales up and down, and that’s how they end up sounding when they improvise: like they're running scales up and down. In order to improvise well, in any style of music, you need to know your scale material and be able to be creative with it.

In this course, I'll hand you tools to organize your scales so you can free up your mind to just play music. You'll learn how to connect scales, play more interesting intervals, and find new melodies in the scales.

In the first section of this course, I'll take you through organizing the most usable scales for jazz rock and rock players so it will be clearly laid out in your mind. Then, I'll show you how to break up these scales using what I call 1-2-4 and 1-3-4 scales to connect them together and play wider intervals. You'll learn to play across the whole neck from the lowest to highest available notes and learn how to find melodies in these scales. I'll show you how to play three note per string pentatonics with musical examples that will feel comfortable to any player who is used to playing two note per string box shapes. We'll talk about the diminished scale, a subject that lots of players find hard to understand, but I guarantee that you'll finally get a deeper understanding of it and use it like never before. But that’s not all...there’s also arpeggios, intervals, and chord examples for all the tracks that are shown.

In the technique section, we'll focus on developing your hybrid picking to the highest possible level. Every example is clearly written in standard notation and tab so you can see the left hand fingering AND the right hand hybrid picking movements. I'll musically guide you through these concepts to show you how to be less mathematical and more musical.

All backing tracks are provided from the original CD's with the guitar omitted, so you can join in and find your own lines. It’s finally time to get musical and creative with your scales, so grab your guitar and join me on Scale Creativity Guidebook!