Beginner Question On Scales

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  • #6983
    Great ScottGreat Scott
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    Hey John – I forgot to make a title when first posting this question yesterday, and so it went into the wrong section. I am re-doing it here with a title.

    When you get a free moment, I was hoping you could tell me which is more important for a beginner to learn first – scales or simple tunes? And how much emphasis should beginners put on doing scales (over, and over, and …!). My apologies if this question sounds strange. 🙂

    My gut tells me I should start practicing scales first, and try to develop a straight bowing style and a good wrist action, before I move on to trying to play a tune … but I am not sure if this is the correct way of going about it. I will be starting to play in a few weeks, and I would not like to be neglecting one, if I should be attempting the other.
    I appreciate any advice you would like to offer. No need to hurry to answer this question!

    Also, will you at some point be making some fiddle tablature sheets for the various scales? Scale tabs for fiddle appear to be rare on the Internet.

    Looking forward to hearing from you when you get the chance. Thank you.

    Scott

    #7092
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
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    Hi Scott, playing scales is very important… But it can be a pretty dry exercise if you aren’t very motivated. What motivates me is jamming with my friends, and for that, I need tunes! So, I mostly focus on learning tunes. However, when I was just learning, playing scales was helpful. Here is my suggestion — before playing a tune, first play the scales of the key that it is in. This will get your fingers ready to fall onto the correct position when you start playing the tune.

    #7098
    Great ScottGreat Scott
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    Thank you for replying so quickly, John… and for the tips. I will try my best to master the scales.

    I have another question to ask you, but I am not sure which section I should post it in. I will try posting it in the ‘Strings and Things’ section but feel free to move it if it is in the wrong place. Thanks again for the quick response and great suggestion!

    Scott

    #7103
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
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    You are welcome! I plan to expand my beginner stuff to include individual scale practice, including non-standard keys and also blues scales. I think it would be very helpful!

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