I play classical and classic rock guitar. I only read up to the 7th fret for now and use tabs to cheat so I know what the notes are. I have always played rock guitar by ear. Doing Rush, Skynard, Hendrix etc! I know this is a classical forum so I will keep it to the point. I know many players learn scales for exercise and can read very well, but when it comes to improvising they can't do that. Some don't want to improvise and just learn to site read. No issues, just saying (;
I have always wanted to improvise and read. Especially when soloing on electric. It is a pain to learn a lot of lead guitar note for note, when I can hit the high points and add my own thing in the song instead. I have had quite a few lessons over the years and it is like 99% of the teachers around here don't know how to teach, don't understand really what they are teaching, or can play very well, understand things fully well, but throw too much complicated stuff at you that you get discouraged and quit. At least that was me.
I finally sat down and woodshedded on my electric and am figuring things out. Since Western music is built off the the major scale, I think that would be a great place to start. We know whole, whole, half. Whole, whole, whole, half makes up the steps of a major scale. Like Doe, Rei, Me. So assigning a number to each step is how you get your 5ths and 7ths etc. Or playing the 1st, the 3rd, and the 5th gives you your major chord. Or flatting the 3rd gives you a minor. Or when talking modes, depending on what degree you start the scale in is the mode you will be playing. Ex. Dorian! P.S. I took piano for a year and that helped me come to this point. It is more logically laid out and easier to see on the piano.
Is everyone different or am I all screwed up on this. I am actually figuring out inversions and triads now because I know some rules and the steps in the Western scale. Sometimes I think for me anyways that a couple of lessons here and there are ok, but I seem to do better sitting in a quiet place thinking of this stuff and than applying it. Lastly, classical is so demanding that I love it. I can play a Van Halen lick and people go cool. But if I play some Bach or Sor on the classical they are like that is beautiful and go on and on. I actually like classical playing the best. Thanks