What is the most frequently asked question fielded by guitar teachers? Survey says... “What scale do I use?” There are hundreds of correct answers to that simple question. Some of those correct answers are also simple while some require a degree in higher math and rocket science to understand. Our mission as music students is to find the correct answers that click in our head and then proceed with our studies accordingly.
Ultimately though, a proficient improvisor is NEVER thinking about scales or modes when they are playing. An accomplished musician is playing by a creative intuition that is fueled by that knowledge but certainly not driven by that knowledge. Meanwhile, what scale do we use...?
Jon Finn will not only answer that question in a simple and very illuminating way, he’ll also guide your own creative intuition skills with a technique he calls “Ear/Hand Coordination.” It’s all here in Modal Rock Soloing.
“The goal of this course it to help develop a technique I call "Ear/Hand" Coordination. Fully developed, Ear/Hand Coordination enables you to play what you hear in your head without any thought or hesitation.”
Jon organized his Modal Rock Soloing curriculum into two sections. In the first section, Modal Studies, Jon answers the ‘what scales to play’ question by presenting his modal system, which adapts beautifully to modern rock because the vast majority of modern rock progressions are based on modes.
Jon’s presentation of modal harmony and how to apply modes in your soloing and improvisations is refreshingly clear and accessible. Jon will show you three ways to view modes: 1) a major scale starting and ending on any degree other than the first.; 2) a major scale with notes altered; and/or 3) a pentatonic scale with with notes added. One or all three of those approaches will indeed ‘click’ in your head.
As you explore the modes Jon will make a series of insightful observations about the mode’s usage, color and characteristic notes. No greek. No rocket science. No nonsense. At last, you will know what scale to play in pretty much any musical situation.
In the second section, You’ll play your way through six soloing studies during which Jon will demonstrate how to apply your newfound harmonic insight in a real-world musical context. It’s here that you’ll start to develop your Ear/Hand Coordination and creative intuition.
Each study features a rhythm track. Jon will first teach you how to analyze the track and its underlying progression to determine which scales and modes you can call on. Jon then demonstrates a solo based on that determination and harmonic approach. And then you’ll playalong with Jon over that same track, trading measures and developing your ears.
All the rhythm parts are tabbed and notated and so you are certainly welcome to cop any of Jon’s lines and add them to your own vocabulary. While there are certainly some sweet lines that might appeal to you, this course is more about developing your ability craft your own lines on the fly without thinking about it. You’ll have all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own to do just that.
So, what scales do you use? Survey says... jump on this course immediately!