Do you hate scales? This class will change your mind. Learn how to get the most out of scales!
Everyone knows you should practice them, but no one enjoys doing so. In this session, we'll start with the four basic 'patterns' for playing major scales on the mandolin but we'll quickly move wayyyy past that into a discussion of different types of scales, how to practice them and most importantly, how to use them in your compositions and improvisations.
We’ll look at the chromatic scale and see why we should practice it every day. We’ll learn our major and various types of minor scales and learn how to access them easily on our instruments. We’ll discover why the Pentatonic scale is the beginning improvisor’s best friend. We’ll make the modes finally make sense and discover ways to make them more accessible and useful in your solos. We’ll talk about symmetrical scales and learn some creative ways to use them.
And … you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your newly acquired knowledge to use each day in class, creating your own solos and jamming along in a variety of musical genres.
This course includes material that will be new to returning students.
Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.