Could take some hints from any instrument pro/student for learning scales...
specially sax players...
First a bit of history. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Before I started playing the guitar I wondered for a while about buying a sax (I wrote \"buying a sax\", not \"buying \") Ok, so it was a bit too expensive to me and I went with a guitar.
Now, after I buy a new guitar and a new system, my #3 in my wish list currently is a tenor saxophone. I always loved jazz but I dislike jazz guitar. I think it doesnīt have that much of expression power for jazz as, letīs say, a trumpet, a sax, or even a piano or double bass which are my preferred jazz instruments. (ATTENTION!: this is just MY personal opinion. I donīt doubt many people around here will love jazz guitar, but I donīt, sorry.)
So Iīm slowly starting to learn what will I need, looking different models, brands, etc...apart fom hearing a lot of jazz records, which I always did, but now even more, selecting more the stuff I hear, etc...
And here is where I need your help. I always learnt guitar scales through fingerings even knowing most of the time which notes I was playing, but it was all about the frets, not the notes. This method, followed by so many self taught guitar players is very nice and easy, but now I see its HUGE flaw. I have no idea how I would go about learning scales with another instrument.
So knowing would you please explain me whatīs your way of learning scales with your instrument? Even if you donīt play sax, I think the method shouldnīt differ much. I think itīs the time I start thinking on music as opposed to where I place my fingers.
I need a few hints on this. Letīs try to go back to when you didnīt know most of the scales, and you have a book in front of you with the notes and intervals that conform every scale ...how do you go about learning them? Just identifying note by note of the scale, see where they are and trying to memorize by playing them a lot of times in different orders and such?...or how?
Thanks for any hints buds.