Essential Guitar Scales

 What’s in this Book

Which scales do I need to know?

Which scale should I start with?

How do I practice scales?

How do I know which scale to use over certain chords?


I see these questions posted almost daily, online, by aspiring guitarists just like you. This book answers those questions.

I’ve spent over 40 years playing guitar in bands—onstage, in the bars, in the rehearsal rooms, in the recording studios—playing both cover songs and originals. In this book I draw from that experience in order to lay out for you exactly which scales are the most important to learn, the best way to learn them, and what to actually do with them once you’ve learned them.

Knowing how to actually use scales in your guitar playing is ESSENTIAL.

That is… if you want to sound like you know what you’re doing. The aim of this book is to give you mastery over the most commonly used scales in rock, jazz, country and blues. You’ll be given the foundation elements that go into crafting quality lead guitar lines—lines that outline the chords and fit the key. You’ll be given the proper knowledge to step into a jam session or recording session and hold your own in just about any style of music.

You’ll run into many great players that don’t know this stuff. They do it all by ear… and they’re good at it. If you’re checking out this book, though, I’ll bet that you’re the type of player that wants to know a little more. You like to look under the hood and see how things work. You also want to lay down a solo that makes the other guys in the room take notice. The secret to that very thing is knowing scales, knowing which scale is going to give you the sound you want over the chords and lots of time spent doing it.


Sample Chapters

Chords, Scales, Arpeggios