HEY! question re practicing scales/patterns

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by aaguudis, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. aaguudis

    aaguudis Guest

    Apr 3, 2001
    is it better to do a whole bunch of practicing on one scale and learn it really well before moving on to the next, or practice all the patterns for a shorter time in all keys and eventually know them all? thanks for your helkp
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    I think that one at a time is the way to go. Remember, when you practice scales, it isn't just the PATTERN you are trying to learn, but also the SOUND of that particular set of intervals in relation to each other. Label each degree of the scale with a number from 1-8, with 1 being the root and 8 being the octave; then, as you practice, learn to hear what each scale degree sounds like. This information will be invaluable later for things like chord construction and soloing.