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#2454265 - 08/27/15 05:49 AM Order of learning Scales and Modes
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I have been studying piano for around a year. I have a classical teacher who is excellent but I am also very interested in Pop, Jazz Folk/Trad and Blues. My question is this: Would I be better served to get all Major/Minor scales and related I-IV- V chord progressions under my fingers before I start working with modes etc. Or can anyone suggest a different method. I see ABRSM in their Jazz scales for beginners teach the Major with the relative Dorian and Myxolidian mode ie C maj D dorian G Myxolidian. I guess I will try to follow this path for now but any tips, ideas or links would be most welcome.

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#2454354 - 08/27/15 04:08 PM Re: Order of learning Scales and Modes [Re: Rusco]
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One preliminary point: I'm not sure I'd spend any time on the natural minor, if that's what you mean by major minor? In jazz, for example, Dorian is the minor that used most often. After that, the melodic minor is perhaps the next most important.

As to what scales, you may need to narrow your focus a bit. For blues, you'll want to learn pentatonics and blues scales. For jazz, major, dorian and mixolydian are a good start. I don't know too much about what works in pop or folk. But you want to learn the scales you'll use the most, so you may need to focus what you priorities are a bit more.

#2454480 - 08/28/15 03:24 AM Re: Order of learning Scales and Modes [Re: jjo]
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Originally Posted By jjo

I don't know too much about what works in pop or folk.

Also in country music - primarily major and minor pentatonic scales.

#2455184 - Yesterday at 05:16 PM Re: Order of learning Scales and Modes [Re: Rusco]
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I would learn all your major scales first.

Then after that it depends what path you want to go...

For pop music, learn major and minor pentatonics and blues scales.
For jazz/blues - the same + modes of major scale

Then look at melodic and harmonic minor scales.

You will become more fluent with modes and scales by learning through pieces. Play different patterns and scales/modes over the various chord progressions as an exercise.
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#2455338 - Today at 05:55 AM Re: Order of learning Scales and Modes [Re: Rusco]
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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate all the advice.
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