Watch the Whole Tone Scale online guitar lesson by Bruce Arnold from Total Modal
Whole Tone is our 1st 6 note mode. It works over a Dominant 7th chord so use that chord from the jam tracks. Whole Tone is a symmetrical mode so any melody you play can be moved up or down in whole steps or major 3rds. The Whole Tone Mode has no avoid notes.
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I'm going to give you some general ideas on how to organize practice time. Some of the concepts I talk about will need to be explored in future Total Modal volumes or I will also recommend supporting materials.
Below are some insights on what you can expect from your practice time based on the amount of hours you commit. Keep in mind that you will need to add on small amounts of time each day to work your way up to your full potential for practice. Think of practicing like running a marathon. You wouldn't run the full course your first day. By building up slowly you will enable yourself to practice consistently each day for your maximum time without burning out.
Most students have an hour to practice each day. One hour will give you enough time to make progress but it's pretty much the bare minimum and you should realize that it will be slow going. If you have 2 hours you will progress more quickly and be able to work on every aspect of your musicianship. Two to four hours will start you on the road to becoming a professional musician. Devoting four or more hours will allow you to become a world class guitarist.
How to spend your time; Technique
Focus on these technical aspects as you practice:
a. Keep fingers relaxed
b. Don't press to hard with your fret-board hand
c. Keep fingers close to the fret-board
d. Pick with the least amount of pick hitting the string; don’t dig in.
e. Use economy of motion with the pick; move it only the smallest amount needed
d. Start at a slow tempo and increase speed over time
To make sure your technique is correct, see the recommended technique books and check it against the videos. If you practice all of these scales with the wrong technique or position one of the following is sure to happen:
a. You will get a repetitive stress injury
b. You will not be able to play the scale at fast tempos.
c. You will not be accurate when you play
How to spend your time; Content
Your practice should include a combination of the following each day:
4. Ear Training
6. Having Fun.