Turning Scales Into Melodies

Live Guitar Course: Cultivate the knowledge that is essential to developing a powerful skill: how to choose which notes of a scale to play.

To make music, you need to know the sound of the scales you practice, and the relationships in theory and on the fretboard that make each one distinctive. Join Dave Isaacs for this 10 week course where each week we'll learn a scale fingering, walk through a practice process, and learn how to improvise using the scale over a backing track.

Turning Scales Into Melodies

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Turning Scales Into Melodies Guitar Course

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Week 1

06/15/2020 at 2pm

Phrasing and Line

To begin this course, we'll learn how to organize musical gestures through rhythmic patterns.

Week 2

06/22/2020 at 2pm

Scale Degrees in C and the Major Pentatonic

In this lesson, we'll be identifying the tones and sonic qualities of tones of the major scale, and how the major pentatonic is formed using a major triad plus connector tones.

Week 3

06/29/2020 at 2pm

Parallel Minor Pentatonic

Here, Dave will be introducing the concept of altering scale tones to create new sounds. In this case, the major vs minor third and the M6 vs m7.

Week 4

07/06/2020 at 2pm

The Aeolian Mode (Natural Minor)

This week, let's take a look at filling in the missing scale tones, and illustrating the sound of the b6 and b7.

Week 5

07/13/2020 at 2pm

Exploring the Dorian Mode

Now let's explore the difference between the major 6 and minor 6, and the chordal implications of aeolian vs dorian.

Week 6

07/20/2020 at 2pm

Exploring the Mixolydian Mode

This week, Dave will be reviewing the modal concept, and why we are working with parallel scales. Then he will introduce the mixolydian mode, the combination of the M3 and m7, and potential chordal implications.

Week 7

07/27/2020 at 2pm

The Ionian Mode - Parallel Major

In this lesson, we'll be reinforcing our primary reference, and illustrating the concept of diatonic chords.

Week 8

08/03/2020 at 2pm

Mixed Chromatics

Now let's look at how to use tones outside the scale for connection and flavor. Emphasis on the #1, #2, and #4, and their chordal implications.

Week 9

08/10/2020 at 2pm

Mode Mixture

In this week's lesson, Dave will show us how to combine major and minor sounds over a vamp.

Week 10

08/17/2020 at 2pm

Practice Guide to Mastering All Twelve Keys

In the final lesson, Dave will be walking us through an organized process for learning all these forms in all keys.

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