Free printable Guitar Scales and Modes.
Take time to learn a bit of the language of music. Each scale has its own personality and sound. Play around with each one and make good friends with the ones you get along with.
You don't have to use them all. For each type of music uses different scales and modes. Learn which ones to use for your favorite music and make it yours.
The Major scale is used as the basic starting point for many scales and modes.
Just switching the notes around gives it another sound and feel.
The Major guitar scale has a upbeat happy sound to it. It is used in quite a few types of music including: Rock Country and a few other style. It all changes when you change the underlying chords and rhythm.
The Dorian mode has a jazzy sound on guitar.
The Phyrgian Mode has a Spanish sound to it. Very nice mode to play around with and allot of fun. Very impressive sounding. Give it a go.
The Lydian mode has a unique sound to it. Some call it an airy sound. I like to turn up the reverb for this one.
The Mixolydian mode has a blues feel to it. Good for rock, country and rockabilly.
The Melodic Minor scale is what I think of when I think jazz. Very much what I would expect from some very good sounding Jazz Cats.
The Whole tone scale is a harsh sounding dissonant scale. Kind of like Limburger cheese for the ears.
The Diminished scale would be good for Heavy Metal. Kind of reminds me of a Rat scurrying around a torture chamber.
The Guitar Major Pentatonic scale has a bright sound that is just right for country music. It just works.
The Minor Pentatonic Scale is Bluesy. Just right for Blues and Rock. Add some distortion, reverb and delay and you will be transported to that world.
The Locrian mode has a sinister sound to it. Good for heavy metal and background music for a monster showing up in your movie.
The Natural Minor Scale is a sad sounding scale. Not too sad kinda like kicking rocks on a boring day.
The Guitar Harmonic Minor Scale sounds somewhat classical and sinister to me all at the same time. Good for classical rock and heavy metal music.
The Minor Blues Scale is the basis of the blues. Nuff said.