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Learning To Play Country Guitar Scales
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Learning to Play Country Guitar Scales

One of the simplest methods of playing awesome country guitar solos is learning to play country guitar scales fluently. By using a good amount of open stings, pull-offs and hammer-ons along with country guitar scales creates some magical country music.

Country guitar scales can be mixed with other scales such as the blues scales, major scales and minor pentatonic scales to create a unique and melodious symphony. Apart from this country music is very popular and learning to play some country guitar scales will surely interest you, since it is simpler to learn country scales as compared to other scales such as the blues scales, heavy metal scales, oriental scales, jazz scales etc. There are some advanced country guitar scales as well; but to begin with you may focus on mastering some easy country guitar scales. This will boost your confidence and help you the play the guitar more comprehensively.

Once you learn the simple major and minor country guitar scales practice them regularly so that you play them fluently on the guitar. Then select some of your choicest country songs and use the country guitar scales that you have learnt in your solo performances. Thus, you do not have to worry about complicated guitar scales such as those used in heavy metal or jazz.

To begin learning country guitar scales, you may focus on the following:

a. The major scale

b. The Major Pentatonic scale

c. The Minor pentatonic scale

d. The Blues Scale

A secret that you must know while you attempt playing these scales is that the magic is not in the scale itself but how learn playing country guitar scales. The manner in which you play these scales also makes a whole lot of difference. By simply playing major and minor country guitar scales does not create a symphony. Rather it may sound boring by just playing the scale to the ascent and descent. Good country music should have open strings that will help you to reiterate country guitar scales into your musical compositions.

The C major Scale (standard country guitar scales)

This country guitar scale comprises of the following musical notes, i.e. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. This scale can be played on several positions of the guitar. But it sounds the best when you play the same on open strings. Scales can be modified to suit your performance. Thus to make improvisation, when it comes to country guitar scales, it is important that you are familiar with the musical notes that the country guitar scale is composed of.

Sometimes though you play country guitar scales, it does not sound like country music. The simple reason is that sometimes you land up playing country guitar scales on closed notes. It is important that country guitar scales are played on open strings and then only you will get that country music feel.

The G major Scale (descending)

This is another one of the interesting country guitar scales that produces some great sounds. This scale will sound nice if you play lead following the G or Em chord. So go ahead, add another killer guitar scale and improve quickly as you learn guitar.


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