Altered Scales PART 2 - How to improvise with the altered scale in real music

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Altered scales are great to use while improvising to create tension. This video is on how to use the altered scale in real music. You can do these exercises with any scale, not just altered. 

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Weekly Lesson #102


Altered Scale (Part 2) Lesson Content Outline with Timestamp Links:

0:00 - Guitar playing intro
0:05 - About the lesson
1:11 - About the channel
1:40 - Further explanation on the Altered Scale
3:08 - Exercises I recommend
8:02 - Doing melodic patterns
8:36 - Free PDF


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Altered Scale (Part 2) Lesson Description:

Hello there my guitarist friend! I hope you're having a great week so far. :) 

A few videos ago I explained the theory of the altered scale and showed how to work on practicing altered scales all over the guitar. 

It's always a great idea to practice improvising in every position when learning a new scale type (which I demonstrated with the five altered scale forms in that video). 

But to go from being able to improvise with a single scale type to being able to switch to it in the middle of playing real music is a HUGE challenge. 

It's the next natural step to work towards, but it's not at all an easy step. 

Practicing the altered scale is a great example of this because it's usually only appropriate to use it in real chord progressions for a measure or so at a time—that’s how altered chords tend to show up. 

In this lesson I teach a few specific ways to work on switching scales mid-playing. 

I demonstrate these exercises using the altered scale—with some clear graphics so you can follow along—but the same approach works for any key and scale changes that you might need to navigate while improvising. 

I hope you find it helpful and inspiring. 


Five Positions of the Altered Scale


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I hope you enjoyed this “altered scales part 2” lesson about how to work on improvising and switching to the altered scale mid-playing. Let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks! :) 

- Jared


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