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Jazz/Prog Metal Scales

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bassuser35, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. bassuser35


    Mar 25, 2004
    Any suggestions for scales I should start practicing in order to get better technique for jazz / prog metal fills and solos???
  2. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    1/2 whole and whole 1/2 diminished

    altered scale

    whole tone scale
    lydian flat 7

    5 degree of the harmonic minor scale
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    All of them?
  4. That last one is one of my favorite scales (it also sounds nice with an major7 instead of the minor 7th, although it is of course a different scale when you do that)

    But i agree with SuperDuck, the more scales you know the better.

    If you don't know modes and their uses yet, you should start with those and move on to the more exotic stuff mentioned MODNY afterwards
  5. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    The modes of the major scale and the modes of the melodic minor. The trouble with these is that they sound terrible if you use them incorrectly... and they can sound terrible even if you do use them correctly. While it might be correct to use the superlocrian (7th mode of melodic minor, same as the diminished/whole tone scale already mentioned) over the V chord in a ii V I cadence, it can sound awful if your ear isn't used to it. Jamey Aebersold has some play along books that are good for getting your ear in. Volume 3 deals with the ii V I which is where you'll get most use out of scale substitution. I think there is a volume called the scale syllabus which demonstrates the correct usage of each of the scales, but I haven't actually used it.