String Theory is a bi-annual publication intended for guitarists who are interested in all aspects of music theory, specifically as it pertains to the guitar.

4 seven note scales ~ 4 five note scales

If you are a guitar principal here at Berklee then you undoubtedly are aware that you will be asked to learn four unique yet essentially relevant 7 note scales and their respective modes during your first four semesters of private lessons. Major scales are required of level 1, Melodic Minor scales for level 2, Harmonic Minor scales for level 3 and Harmonic Major scales for level 4. In essence what you are being asked to do is to learn 28 individual modes! (4 scales, each containing 7 modes = 28 modes) If that seems like a daunting task then I ask you to consider a different approach and option for understanding and playing these four scales at least initially. Play the pentatonic version of the 7 note scale.

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