Watch the Phrases Not Scales online guitar lesson by Henry Johnson from Jazz Expressions
One of things when I came up playing guitar, was that if I learned all my scales that I'd be able to play music. In a very short time period, I learned that not to be true. Music is a language, and the scales are just alphabets. You really need phrases to actually put sentences together.
So, how do you get to phrases from scales? Well, music has three elements that make it up: melody, harmony, and rhythm. When you combine these three elements together, that's when you're actually starting to make music. And this music will affect people, which is what we want: music should make people feel something. In the video, we'll through how to build phrases that incorporate each of these elements.