Guitar Scales

Check out the new practice tracks

Select a major, natural minor or harmonic-minor scale and then scroll down to the area below the neck chart to pick an audio track to play along with for practicing. Currently these are all in jazz-related styles but more are coming soon.

Practice Audio

Click on a tab below (Major Trax, Minor Trax or Dominant7 Trax) to reveal practice tracks in each key to match the scale you want to practice. Experiment with combining different scales with different practice tracks. Here's an idea, try playing the harmonic minor scale along with it's relative major chord. For example, pull up the practice track for C major and pull up the A harmonic minor scale. You'll get some interesting sounds!

PLEASE NOTE:

To reduce page load time, tracks don't automatically all download but instead load when you click the play button. Once a track has finished playing it will count off and play again until you click the stop button.

Major Trax
Minor Trax
Dominant 7 Trax

    Jazz 4/4 Swing Tempo 140

    For these practice music tracks you have several options. For instance, try the relative minor scale. So, if you're playing the Gmaj7 practice track, dial up the E harmonic minor scale in the Scale Creator and give that a try!

    Also, try the major scale built from the 5th of the chord. So, again if you're playing the Gmaj7 tracks, you could pull up the D major scale in the Scale Creator and play along. That'll give you the ethereal sound of the raised 11 or 4.

    If you want to hear some cool 'outside' sounds, try playing the major or pentatonic scale 1 fret up or down and then resolve back into the normal major scale. Of course you can play along using the major scale in that key.

  • Amaj7

  • A#maj7 or Bbmaj7

  • Bmaj7

  • Cmaj7

  • C#maj7 or Dbmaj7

  • Dmaj7

  • D#maj7 or Ebmaj7

  • Emaj7

  • Fmaj7

  • F#maj7 or Gbmaj7

  • Gmaj7

  • G#maj7 or Abmaj7

    Jazz 4/4 Latin Tempo 140

    For these music tracks if you want to hear some cool sounds try the major scale that's 1 whole step down from that minor chord. so in the case of the Bm7 track you could play the A major scale along with it. That'll give you the Dorian mode sound.

    Yet another idea is to try playing the blues scale for whatever minor chord with which you are playing along. So, if you're playing along with the Bm7 tracks, dial up the B blues scale (just avoid the major 3rd).

    You can also use the pentatonic scales either 1 whole step below or a 4th above. So, in the case of the Bm7 tracks try the A or D pentatonic scales.

    Of course, you'll want to experiment with every minor scale type matching that chord. For example, if you're playing along with the Bm7 track, practice the B minor scale, the B melodic minor scale and the B harmonic minor scale.

  • Am7

  • A#m7 or Bbm7

  • Bm7

  • Cm7

  • C#m7 or Dbm7

  • Dm7

  • D#m7 or Ebm7

  • Em7

  • Fm7

  • F#m7 or Gbm7

  • Gm7

  • G#m7 or Abm7

    Dominant 7th Jazz 4/4 Swing Tempo 140

    For these music tracks, of course, play around with the blues scale! You'll be amazed how many common tones you'll find in the dominant blues scale to the 1 major7 chord. So, for instance, if you're playing along with the A7alt to Dmaj7 track, pull up the A blues scale and continue to play notes from the blues scale along with the Dmaj7 chord. Pretty cool.

    PLEASE NOTE!

    Due to the fact that it's a bit tough to hear a severely altered dominant 7th chord for long periods of time without ever resolving, I decided to do 4 bars of a 7alt chord followed by 4 bars of the 1 maj7 chord to which it would normally resolve. So if you're practicing over this audio, you'll need to know what to play over the major7 chord each time it resolves.

    The 2 chords used in each of the audio practice tracks are listed below each.

  • A7alt to Dmaj7

  • Bb7alt to Ebmaj7

  • B7alt to Emaj7

  • C7alt to Fmaj7

  • Db7alt to Gbmaj7

  • D7alt to Gmaj7

  • Eb7alt to Abmaj7

  • E7alt to Amaj7

  • F7alt to Bbmaj7

  • Gb7alt to Cbmaj7

  • G7alt to Cmaj7

  • Ab7alt to Dbmaj7