Noodling scales for lead free style

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darrellg1

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I have just recently switched from playing rythm acoustic to picking lead for church worship. There not much that I've seen (unless I'm looking in the wrong area) in terms of which scales to play. Do I play major scales, relative minors or pentatonic or mixalidean? How do I combine them? Signed

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I have just recently switched from playing rythm acoustic to picking lead for church worship. There not much that I've seen (unless I'm looking in the wrong area) in terms of which scales to play. Do I play major scales, relative minors or pentatonic or mixalidean? How do I combine them? Signed

Confused

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: darrellg1

I have just recently switched from playing rythm acoustic to picking lead for church worship. There not much that I've seen (unless I'm looking in the wrong area) in terms of which scales to play.

Hey, there! GT has two ways to approach this problem.

1. Guided course if you are completely new to ideas & skills required to play lead solos. For example, the Rock courses which have whole chapters dedicated to soloing, but integrated into the wider context of a whole guided curriculum.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=rock1

2. Individual tutorials aimed directly at certain concepts & skills (but assume you already have a certain level of understanding & skill). This series of tutorials will answer all your questions about soloing, which scales to use & how to use them.

Intro to Improv

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=876

Improv in Major Key 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=483

Improv in Minor Key 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=491

Improv in Major Key 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2318

Improv in Minor Key 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2329

Originally Posted by: darrellg1
Do I play major scales, relative minors or pentatonic or mixalidean? How do I combine them?

This is determined by the melody & chord progression you are soloing over. If you look through my tutorials on improvisation you will get the quick & direct path. But if you are brand new to playing single note lead lines, then your best bet is to start the Rock Course & dive into the chapters on soloing.

Hope this helps! Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

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Originally Posted by: darrellg1

I have just recently switched from playing rythm acoustic to picking lead for church worship. There not much that I've seen (unless I'm looking in the wrong area) in terms of which scales to play.

Hey, there! GT has two ways to approach this problem.

1. Guided course if you are completely new to ideas & skills required to play lead solos. For example, the Rock courses which have whole chapters dedicated to soloing, but integrated into the wider context of a whole guided curriculum.

https://www.guitartricks.com/course.php?input=rock1

2. Individual tutorials aimed directly at certain concepts & skills (but assume you already have a certain level of understanding & skill). This series of tutorials will answer all your questions about soloing, which scales to use & how to use them.

Intro to Improv

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=876

Improv in Major Key 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=483

Improv in Minor Key 1

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=491

Improv in Major Key 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2318

Improv in Minor Key 2

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2329

Originally Posted by: darrellg1
Do I play major scales, relative minors or pentatonic or mixalidean? How do I combine them?

This is determined by the melody & chord progression you are soloing over. If you look through my tutorials on improvisation you will get the quick & direct path. But if you are brand new to playing single note lead lines, then your best bet is to start the Rock Course & dive into the chapters on soloing.

Hope this helps! Please ask more if necessary & best of success!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

marylouise86

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Joined: 08/25/18

Posts: 4

I was taught to play by an old guy, with a nylon string guitar, who taught me basic open chords and a few basic songs, and told me the rest could be figured out on my own (he was mildly right.) with no knowledge of scales or theory I always find myself noodling for for about 6 hrs. a day (lol) developing a keen sense of rhythm and a professional ear for music, people always enjoy hearing me play. my problem is it takes me about a month to arrange a song. but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!! P.S. this is by far the best article on noodling I have ever seen, not that there's very many, but still, this is REVOLUTIONARY!. Thanx Mike

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I was taught to play by an old guy, with a nylon string guitar, who taught me basic open chords and a few basic songs, and told me the rest could be figured out on my own (he was mildly right.) with no knowledge of scales or theory I always find myself noodling for for about 6 hrs. a day (lol) developing a keen sense of rhythm and a professional ear for music, people always enjoy hearing me play. my problem is it takes me about a month to arrange a song. but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!! P.S. this is by far the best article on noodling I have ever seen, not that there's very many, but still, this is REVOLUTIONARY!. Thanx Mike

marylouise86

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Joined: 08/25/18

Posts: 4

Originally Posted by: marylouise86

I was taught to play by an old guy, with a nylon string guitar, who taught me basic open chords and a few basic songs, and told me the rest could be figured out on my own (he was mildly right.) with no knowledge of scales or theory I always find myself noodling for for about 6 hrs. a day (lol) developing a keen sense of rhythm and a professional ear for music, Notepad++ people always enjoy hearing me play. my problem is it takes me about a month to arrange a song. Malwarebytes but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!! P.S. this is by far the best article on noodling I have ever seen, not that there's very many, but still, this is REVOLUTIONARY!. Thanx Mike FileZilla

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Originally Posted by: marylouise86

I was taught to play by an old guy, with a nylon string guitar, who taught me basic open chords and a few basic songs, and told me the rest could be figured out on my own (he was mildly right.) with no knowledge of scales or theory I always find myself noodling for for about 6 hrs. a day (lol) developing a keen sense of rhythm and a professional ear for music, Notepad++ people always enjoy hearing me play. my problem is it takes me about a month to arrange a song. Malwarebytes but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!! P.S. this is by far the best article on noodling I have ever seen, not that there's very many, but still, this is REVOLUTIONARY!. Thanx Mike FileZilla

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5571

Originally Posted by: marylouise86

but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!!

Glad you enjoyed & learned from it! This GT blog post is a decent overview of improvisation.

https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/how-to-play-a-guitar-solo

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: marylouise86

but I must say after going thru some of your site and reading this article my improv and arranging skills are picking up. THANK YOU!!!

Glad you enjoyed & learned from it! This GT blog post is a decent overview of improvisation.

https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/how-to-play-a-guitar-solo

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory