Scale Thoughts

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So hopefully you took a couple of days break from the Chord Thoughts before you wondered into this section!

I will try and keep this brief and give options for what scales you can play over what chords, but better yet...

think of it as what scales create movement within the progression.

The Music Lesson and the Play by Play will show most of these in use but here's some per-chord scale options (including some of the subs and extensions we talked about):

Cmaj7, Cmaj9, Am7, Em11, Fdim7:

C Ionian
C Lydian (G Major Scale)
All the Diatonic Scales within the Key of C Major
All the Diatonic Scales within the Key of G Major
All the Pentatonic Scales within the Key of C Major
All the Pentatonic Scales within the Key of G Major
F, Ab, B, and D Half/Whole Tone Scales are also a possible option
Including ALL the Arpeggio's within each of the above



D7, D9, Am6, Ab7, F#m7b5, F#dim7, Cm7b5 (the m7b5 sub for Ab7):

D Mixolydian
F# Locrian
Ab Mixolydian
C Locrian
F#, A, C, and D# Half/Whole-Tone Scale
D Whole Tone (and all it enharmonics)
D Lydian b7
Ab Lydian b7
D Phrygian Dominant
Ab Phrygian Dominant
All the Diatonic Scales within the Key of G Major
All the Pentatonic Scales within the Key of G Major
All the Scales within the D# Melodic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the A Melodic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the G Harmonic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the C# Harmonic Minor Scale
Including ALL the Arpeggio's within each of the above



G7, G9, Dm7, Db7, B#m7b5, Fdim7, Fm7b5 (the m7b5 sub for Db7):

G Mixolydian
B Locrian
Db Mixolydian
F Locrian
F, Ab, B, and D Half/Whole-Tone Scale
G Whole Tone (and all it enharmonics)
G Lydian b7
Db Lydian b7
G Phrygian Dominant
Db Phrygian Dominant
All the Diatonic Scales within the Key of C Major
All the Pentatonic Scales within the Key of C Major
All the Scales within the Ab Melodic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the D Melodic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the C Harmonic Minor Scale
All the Scales within the F# Harmonic Minor Scale
Including ALL the Arpeggio's within each of the above

Now that's a lot of scales!!!

The more you delve into them, or better yet use them, you'll find MANY similarities between them. But you'll also realize the possibilities are endless. So that leads us back to the chords, and the chord movements, and in turn...scale movements.

Sure you can keep a book of all these scales, but memorizing them and learning how to use them will make the Chord Thought section seem like a piece of cake!

So again, LEARN YOUR CHORD THEORY!!! Its much easier and will get you farther.

See the chords are where EVERYTHING lies. So learn your chords because they are what shows you the possible scales they could've come from and in turn give you some hints as to what scales to use.

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