Philippov says: “The most common approach guitar players take when learning scales is simply memorizing how to play scales in one area of the fretboard, coming up with a few licks and then deciding to ‘move on’ to learn the next new scale in the same fashion. Such an approach is highly ineffective, because it takes a whole lot more than that to achieve complete freedom and mastery of playing any scale all over the guitar and have them be usable in your music.”
Philippov identifies 5 key elements that must be included in every practice system for learning scales on guitar:
1. An approach that will train one to play scales in every area of the guitar, as opposed to only applying one or two of its shapes.
2. A reliable and easy to understand way to learn scale shapes in all directions: on a single string, on pairs of strings and using the horizontal and vertical dimensions.
3. A method for creating sequencing patterns with scales in order to not only improve one’s guitar technique but also to boost creative capacity with using scales on guitar.
4. A system for putting together the points above that will allow one to actually begin applying scales and their sequencing patterns into music.
“Scales are a key part of playing music on any instrument, yet unfortunately, mastering them remains an elusive skill for most guitarists”, says Philippov. He adds: “After answering many e-mails about the subject of practicing scales on guitar, I finally put together a comprehensive system, covering the most effective methods of practicing scales that will enable virtually any guitar player to learn this skill in the most effective way.”
In addition to simply showing “how to learn scales”, Philippov’s course addresses in detail the issue of fretboard visualization - a skill that must be developed fully in order to easily use scales in one’s guitar playing. Philippov reports: it’s not enough to simply be able to play the notes of a particular scale. Learning fretboard visualization can make the difference between a mediocre guitar player and a great one.”
More information about Philippov’s course on playing scales on guitar (http://practiceguitarnow.com/