When it comes to learning to play lead guitar and create jaw-dropping guitar solos, you must know your scales. Chromatic scale, major scale, and major scale intervals. As well as understand the sacred formula that allows you to see very clearly what notes make up the scale. This is very important because without it you’ll be lost on where to play and what to play.
The Chromatic Scale.
It all starts with the chromatic scale. Every note on the fretboard or every note in the musical alphabet. This consists of 12 notes. A-G#. All notes right next to each other spanning 12 frets. This is important to know so that you can find the sharps and flats within the scale.
Out of the chromatic scale, we take 8 notes to create a major scale. This is the scale that is the most familiar because of the Do Ra Me that we learn as a kid in grade school. The reason for this is because this is like the trunk of the musical tree. All scales and chord progressions branch out from here.
The Major Scale.
So if the major scale is the trunk of the musical tree than the chromatic scale would be the roots. Because everything really comes out of the chromatic scale. Then moves onto the major scale and so forth from there. If there are 12 notes in the musical alphabet (the chromatic scale) then the major scale has 8 notes. These 8 notes are taken directly out of the chromatic scale.
Just like words are created out of our regular 26 letter alphabet, so is such with our musical alphabet. We start with the major scale. And this goes for any key no matter if it is major or minor. In each major scale, there are also roots to be aware of as well. These are the notes that will stand out when your creating guitar solos.
For example. Let’s say we use the key of A major. The 8 notes in this key will be A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#-A. These are the 8 notes previously mentioned. We can clearly see they are notes taken out of the musical alphabet to create the A major scale. We also can see that some of the letters are sharp (#) this is because they need to fit within the Do-Ra-Me format to sound harmoniously correct.
Major scale intervals.
After learning the 8 notes that make up the major scale (and for this example, we are using the A major scale) we want to learn about the major scale intervals. This is the distance between the notes. This is very important information to know because it allows us to not only understand the scale better, but it also allows us to create any major scale we choose.
A distance of one fret is considered a “half step” and a distance of two frets is considered a “whole step” and by knowing this sacred incantation, we can discover “why” the notes in the major scale are as such. It is because of this little nugget of knowledge, that allows us to find out what the sacred formula is for the major scale. Any major scale!
Secret scale formula.
Since we now know about half steps and whole steps and what they represent, we can find the secret formula. The A major key once again is A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#-A. The reason why it is these notes because it must be diatonically correct to sound right to the ear. This sound is Do Ra Me Fa So LaTe Do. Notice how there are 8 notes and 8 syllables. Each note relates to a syllable. Notice how there are two A’s and two Do’s in the syllables and letter equation?
Now let’s give these a number value.
A B C# D E F# G# A
Do Ra Me Fa So La Te Do
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
If we look at our musical alphabet we can see that there is a distance of two notes (a whole step) between A & B. That is because we have an A# in between. So that tells us that between the 1st and 2nd note in the scale is a whole step. We can also see that between the B & C# is also a whole step because there is a C note in between. But between the C# and D, there is no other note so we can conclude that this is a half step. So, up to this point, we have a W-W-H in the secret formula. Do you understand this concept?
Between the D and E is another whole step, between the E & F# there is a whole step and between the F# & G# is another whole step. We can come to this conclusion by looking at the notes in the musical alphabet and how they line up. And between the F# & G note is another half step. So now we have the whole major scale “secret formula” which works for any major scale.
A B C# D E F# G# A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
w w h w w w h
We now have the whole secret formula and can create the A major scale at will! Actually, if you get this down well enough you’ll be able to create any major scale. Because it works for all of them. In fact, if you get the concept down well enough, you’ll be able to create major scales, minor scales, harmonic scales, diminished scales, etc, etc, etc.
That is the beauty of this sacred knowledge. It allows you to create guitar magic at will!! Now that my friend is the power of Lead Guitar Wizardry!
Lead Guitar Wizardry.
Lead Guitar Wizardry is a comprehensive course on lead guitar mastery. From finger exercises to picking techniques, scale patterns and fretboard knowledge. A simple step-by-step method with diagrams that make it easy to understand and make it a quick study. In doing so you get quick results.
This book of spells and incantations will provide an essential guide on your journey to becoming a great lead guitarist. It will show you the secret formulas, scale patterns, and techniques used by lead guitar wizards to create jaw-dropping solos that capture the listener with magic.
Combine the study of this training manual with a regular daily practice routine and you will begin to develop skills you once thought were beyond your ability. Before you know it, you will be casting your own brand of guitar magic that will leave those listening in amazement.
In this lesson, we have learned some very important skills. What the musical alphabet is, how many letters it is made up of and how to use certain notes to create a major scale. Any major scale. In addition to that, we have learned how to determine what notes are in a major scale (any major scale) by knowing the secret scale formula.
Knowing this information will give us insight into how music works and how we can bend it to our will. How we can make it work for us to create our own brand of musical magic. If you feel you need help in lead guitar playing, be sure to grab my book on the topic. Volume 1 will introduce you to the fundamental principles need to build a solid foundation for future learning.
And as always, if you have any questions about anything that you are learning here or anywhere else no matter if it is lead or rhythm guitar do reach out and let me know. I am here to help. You can email me through my site here or contact me through social media. Either or is fine and if you need a video of the lesson I will be happy to do that too.
Best of luck and until or next lesson, take care.
Sincerely, Dwayne Jenkins.