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Learning scales by mostly using your ear is a good idea. Muse Eek Publishing has created a course called Scale Analysis You can find information on that course below:
Scale Analysis is a mega course that melds your aural comprehension with your intellectual understanding of scales, keys and chords into one unified whole.
700 Page PDF, 36 Videos: Over 4 hours of video, 108 MP3s and 72 Midifiles.
Scale Analysis is hands down the most comprehensive course on the subject of ear training and how it applies to hearing chord progressions and scales. It will teach you to hear multiple scales and chords all within a key center. This skill will revolutionize your improvisations and compositions and change your whole approach when working with chords and scales.
Please Note: We recommend that all guitarist work with the Guitar Technique and Physiology Course so that you learn with proper scale technique. This course gives you a comprehensive approach to playing guitar and includes a videos on all aspects of guitar technique.
As stated, the overarching goal behind the Scale Analysis course is to teach you how to hear multiple chords all in one key center. By honing this ability you will find improvising over chords to be much simpler and more musical at the same time. Initially, this course presents a way to understand how you should hear chords and their associated chord scales. Secondly, it develops your ear so that you are truly hearing and playing using these concepts.
The Key is the Key
This idea of hearing entire chord progressions within a key center is not new. Take a look at any jazz standard or pop tune and you will find a melody that is largely diatonic to a key center while multiple chords are present. Unfortunately, most educational systems use a cookie cutter approach to understanding and playing over chord changes, wherein each chord is its own key center. In other words, the root of each chord is thought of as the new key center.
Simplify but at the same time Expand Your Improvisation
This concept of playing leads to a very vertical conception of “playing over the changes” and makes creating a key-based, melodic solo very difficult, if not impossible. This vertical approach also goes against how you ultimately hear music and will become apparent as your ear progresses with the “Contextual Ear Training” courses that I’ve created. Working with Scale Analysis will speed up your ability to hear scales and chords in one key center. Targeted exercises instill both an intellectual understanding of these musical elements, as well as strengthening your aural skills so that you actually start to hear the correct way.
Each Chord influences the Next Chord
The second major premise is that when you have multiple chords within a chord progression each successive chord and the scale chosen for that chord will affect which scale you use for the next chord. This is because your ear tends to want to hold on to any sound it hears until it is canceled out by another sound. This canceling sound is usually a chord tone on the next chord. A quick example: If you have a C Dominant 7th chord and you play a C Mixolydian scale over it, if you then hear an F7 chord the “Eb” in the F7 chord will cancel out the “E” in the Mixolydian scale, creating a C Dorian scale. So you can see that we are thinking of both chords in the key of C.
Example of Chord Following Chord
There will of course be exceptions to this; for example, if you play the C Dominant chord for a couple of measures and then play the F7 chord for eight measure at some point you stand a good chance of modulating to the key of F. This is completely fine! The idea is that the longer you hear a chord the more chances you have to modulate to the root of that chord. And the faster the chords are presented, the more you stand the chance of hearing all the chords in one key center. In most cases musicians need work on hearing a group of chords and their chord scales in one key center and that is the backbone of this course.