The Secret Scale of Melodic Rock Solos (Sale)

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In this live stream we explore a hybrid scale that is used to create melodic solos.
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fokeyjo 2 күн мурун
Improvising opened things up for me too. Read a book on metal guitar, learned power chords and pentatonic scales and by ear found that I could play half my music collection! That catapulted me above my contemporaries who struggled to play leads note for note because they didn't understand the scale they were from and would get lost really easily. I don't think I even played half of it accurately, but it never mattered that much.
Giants of Colossus
Giants of Colossus 3 күн мурун
Great melodic players ignore scales. They play what the music asks for. And quite frankly most guitarists are boring AF because they don't know how to leave the rules behind. As a result, they play the same fucking riffs ad infinitum. Most guitarists are boring because they rely on traditional learning. If you rely on tradition to learn, you will repeat traditional scales, instead of finding something different. You only find the different by ignoring the rules and through experimentation. Here's an idea: instead of playing a scale to create something memorable, try playing around the scale, or through the scale. Break it to pieces, and assemble it in a different way. Stop trying to play so fast that you ignore the flowers by the side of the road. Smell the flowers. Follow the scent. Play something different. I honestly hope that most of you do not listen to me. But for that one person who understands what I am saying here, I give the goods. Most people will not understand what I'm talking about. That is as it should be.
Zeek the Vinyl Geek
Zeek the Vinyl Geek 4 күн мурун
Jim Perdue
Jim Perdue 11 күн мурун
Hey Rick. I have a question. Years ago I was noodling on my acoustic, and started playing around by lifting one my fingers off the fretboard. Maybe a C chord, open, kind of "campfire" style chords (That's all I knew). I didn't know the name of the chords I was playing, such as, I played a D chord but instead of playing the second string, B, on the 3rd fret, I played the first 3 strings on the second fret. I liked the sound, so I kept playing around. No knowledge of music theory, just a basic knowledge of chords, and came up with a simple tune that I still play to this day. I experimented, not knowing the chord names I was playing, not knowing any "theory", but just went by what sounded good to me. Back to my question, the greats, Hendrix, Frampton, Allman Bros. etc. etc. etc. Do you think it was their "ear" that led them to play around and come up with "stuff" that sounded good to them? Or, did music theory and experience lead them? Or, a combination of both? How important do you think their ability to "hear" what sounded good to them was to their creative foundation? How important is "noodling"?
Jim Perdue
Jim Perdue 11 күн мурун
I looked for a "wheel" to slow the video down, and tried the "settings" icon, and, there it was, playback speed. Wow, I never knew.
Zach 9
Zach 9 14 күн мурун
I have worked out a few solos on some of my bands songs but for the most part improvising has always given me the best results. I’d do 3 or 4 takes. And we’d choose the best one.
devin clarke
devin clarke 17 күн мурун
Damn I want that pedal whatever it is...Sounds epic!
thomas666 17 күн мурун
What freeze pedal are you using?
MrMystery666 18 күн мурун
Be interested see what Rick makes of the “Homme scale “ he reveals no the guitarings video
Sebastian 18 күн мурун
Absolutely love this video - learnt so much! Going wildly hexatonic ATM! Would really be interested to hear more of your breakdown of "I'll give you money" (and 1345b7) in a future video. Frampton is brilliant.
H H 21 күн мурун
We always call other 5 note scales - non-traditional pentatonic
benjamin heisler
benjamin heisler 22 күн мурун
what guitar are you playing?
Trapper Beaver
Trapper Beaver 22 күн мурун
Hello Rick, when I was 13 a teacher taught me a scale...don't know the name of it. It's built off the Major scale with the 3rd and 6th flatted. I m not even certain I heard him correctly or if he actually said this is how you play it..I call it a minor b6....any clearity on this? I love it!
Das Utzt
Das Utzt 23 күн мурун
I know this as the irish scale, avoiding the 6.
UNENSLAVER 1 23 күн мурун
I just realized that Annie Lennox used those scales. ?
ANDY WALKER & The B.S.B. Official
ANDY WALKER & The B.S.B. Official 24 күн мурун
can I share it to my fans ?
squeezyeasy 24 күн мурун
Do you know how many 7 note scales there is? I tried to count them, and i came to 123.,. so, 17x7 scales (119 scales+ 4, I missing something, dont know why...) (and then i never have to minor ters after eachother, ore 2 minor seconds
floyd84a 24 күн мурун
I'd love to see you break down the chords in 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon
Righteous Indignation
Righteous Indignation 24 күн мурун
Your cherry picking has reached peak flavour, Rick. If you really want to impress, cherry pick Vivaldi. Oh, and leave that old man rotary+reverb+echo on *very* low.
Peter Mcaleer
Peter Mcaleer 24 күн мурун
First rate lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed that as the Frampton album has been one of my all time favourites. I could hear everything you said and played about the notes even though I have virtually no academic understanding of your exposition. Thank you very much indeed. Bravo.
Seth Gross
Seth Gross 24 күн мурун
Slowly, just by watching your videos, stuff is kinda sticking. Although I have no idea how to utilize it. Thanks for all the learnin’s!
hamdengo 25 күн мурун
5:53 chord sounds great, what is that called? thats not the regular Gmajor chords but it sounds cool. Edit: nvm i found it Gsus2.
RJ_Connor 25 күн мурун
Doesn't Robben Ford do something similar by substituting the major 6 for the flat 7 in the minor pentatonic scale?
David Vandegaer
David Vandegaer 25 күн мурун
I picked up on that the other day... hexatonic. Very pleasing to the ear.
David Vandegaer
David Vandegaer 25 күн мурун
Great content as always!
Alix de Ribet
Alix de Ribet 25 күн мурун
great video Rick
Omar Malkosh
Omar Malkosh 25 күн мурун
Definitely reminds me of home in Jordan, sounds middle eastern. Speaking of which, what is the connection between this and the bezantian scale
Super Mario Universe 37
Super Mario Universe 37 25 күн мурун
Hey Rick I've got an idea for what makes this song great Post toasty by Tommy bolin apparently he played that song upside down left-handed in the live version I see on KGglobal All the pictures of him are playing right-handed The other thing that's incredible is how much the base leads and he plays in the background I think this song is just as good as Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird really better actually just more obscure
GUITAR DRIVER 25 күн мурун
I played a pentatonic add9 (B in a A minor pentatonic scale to create a tension to resolve a little bit after) in a solo years ago and a fake producer told me it was a mistakes, it was the first solo of our song called "call of the wild" and years after I think it was only for create troubles in my band to "steal" my singer.
TRIN3RGY TRI4CE 25 күн мурун
Melody by Resonance. I'm bored with conventional playing now I know we have to all share the same chords with variation. Playing as you did over a note, you had moments of resonance. I guess in amp talk that's saturation. So I ping a string over a fret and search the board for resonance to it and try to build a melody around it until it fades. Yet the people who may listen would only think "cool trick". My right hand is a faultless metronome, my left still searches for originality. I mean a block of wood, vibrating metal and some amplification is the same tool we all employ, so it is the mind's interpretation that sets things apart.
Phil Mingin
Phil Mingin 25 күн мурун
Maestro, I had never heard of the Hexatonic scale before. It’s another secret like Peter Green’ Magic scale. I Had two semesters of Theory 40 years ago, and when you hit a topic I totally forgot it comes back to me. Of course I could always look it up in my Beato Book! Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ !
Greenwave 25 күн мурун
LOVE that frickin guitar
Audrey Sims
Audrey Sims 25 күн мурун
This really is staying with me more easily on guitar now without the same amount of piano to guitar brain conversion taking me as much time as it was. 🥳
motokev 26 күн мурун
Can you do a video about scales over chords. I know you play a A minor pentatonic over an A chord or Am. But, you can play over other chords.
crusTodd 26 күн мурун
Hexatonic scale = Dickey Betts
Chad Woolley
Chad Woolley 26 күн мурун
Love your videos. Thanks for all you do.
Folk661 26 күн мурун
Hey that’s how I’ve been cheating for years
55hendrickson 26 күн мурун
Is this the India intro to bonamassa's Mountain Time?
B Mann
B Mann 26 күн мурун
Why call it the hexatonic scale when it’s just the Dorian without using the 6?
Nick Thaxton
Nick Thaxton 26 күн мурун
Rick I absolutely love your content, I’m hooked!!! The way you explain everything just floors me. It’s like opening Pandora’s box into every song I just love.
gordon bezanson
gordon bezanson 26 күн мурун
Idea for new episodes. What made this one hit wonder.
Drew Wherry
Drew Wherry 26 күн мурун
Anyone know the 'looper' or 'sustainer' he is using to jam over the drawn out chords he plays?? Basically, what is he using?? I want to be able to do this.
Greg Crane
Greg Crane 26 күн мурун
I think he’s using an Infinite Switch connected to a pedal such as Ocean’s Eleven or other similar pedals that allow it, such as shimmer or delay.
Tolocoda 26 күн мурун
Love that .5 speed playback - Rick sounds stoned drunk. I knew KGglobal had the playback speed feature but I never thought to use it because I thought it varied the pitch.
Angelina DiGrazzia
Angelina DiGrazzia 26 күн мурун
My hero too! I'd love to have lunch w/u & just listen to ur music war stories!🤘 If covid ever ends & I get a job again, I WILL order some lesson books.
Tolocoda 26 күн мурун
The solos in that Frampton song have driven me crazy for over 3 decades. I know them note for note because I learned the whole thing by ear as a twenty something, but every time I thought I finally figured out what scale(s) were used there would be some odd note thrown in here or there so I basically thought, screw it, just learn it the neanderthal way, by ear note for note, and not think about it. I am so appreciative, for posterity if nothing else, that Rick went through it. Made me feel so ignorant. Hybrid "secret" scales - learn something new and useful every time with this guy.
Matthew Wolberg
Matthew Wolberg 26 күн мурун
Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and insights! 💓
Ahmet Yasir Sakallı
Ahmet Yasir Sakallı 26 күн мурун
ı am a simple man ı only use pentatonic scale
Rudie Kazudee
Rudie Kazudee 26 күн мурун
Quite the argument of semantics a ???...there are no avoid notes but play the notes that sound good....well ??? if that be the case maybe i should avoid certain notes then that dont sound good
Ilias Khizanishvili
Ilias Khizanishvili 26 күн мурун
1:15 ,what patern of the Major Pentatonic does Rick use here guys? i thought ,since the root is D it should be Pattern two (of the Minor Pent), thx a lot!!!
Keith Rosenkranz
Keith Rosenkranz 26 күн мурун
If you haven't already, an analysis of Silk Sonic would be pretty rad. Obviously this song will be played a million times on the radio but there's something special about it. Just as soul songs from decades ago have endured, I think Leave The Door Open fits right into the genre and will also endure for a long time. Instant classic.
Thomas Gladders
Thomas Gladders 26 күн мурун
Ok... copy. Lose the 4th. Totally helps clean things up! Right on Rick!
kayakttt 26 күн мурун
I have the 3rd version of your book, how do I upgrade to 4
kayakttt 26 күн мурун
Great stuff.loved the Frampton video, what pedal are you using to play over ,some kind of looper
braidedwire 26 күн мурун
If you mention Gilmour - it would be great to see your video taking apart his first solo in "Comfortably Numb" - it's so melodic, tense and perfect and the chord sequence in the background is not obvious at all. It's simple major chords obviously but to improvise or write a melody over it is somehow difficult. How on earth did he come up with that...
Winter time
Winter time 26 күн мурун
Hey Rick can you do a ‘ what makes this song great ‘ on 38 special? Hold on Loosely ?
Winter time
Winter time 26 күн мурун
Well according to Rick I’ve been getting into trouble my whole playing life😁🤣
Damon Shanabarger
Damon Shanabarger 26 күн мурун
Although a very good example of a hexatonic scale, a hexatonic scale could be any two triads combined to form a scale, just so long as they don't contain the same notes. I have to admit that I really like this example though. Thanks for the lesson.
Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley 26 күн мурун
Rick, can you expound further in a video on the theory posited by a producer guest you had on some weeks ago about how country music essentially become new home of rock music. That’s a cool idea that needs further explanation, no?
Phil Moore
Phil Moore 26 күн мурун
this is nice to just listen to & enjoy the music
Andy Andy
Andy Andy 26 күн мурун
Rick! What's your take on future of heavy metal music? In the past it was difficult to get into the "business" but once you did you were likely to sell your records in big quantities. There was money and fame incentive to devote yourself to becoming a musician. However now it's difficult to sell music. Without selling music musicians probably don't have access to the best people in the industry, to the best music engineers & producers, etc. Concerts are not as they used to be - except for a few old bands but once these last dinosaurs retire, then who is there to fill the void? Music is created from their hearts, but also in the long term it is a business that need to profitable. But without selling records it's difficult. Do you think the best music to exist ever was already created and that's all we as listeners have? Maybe you can create a movie on that?
I Shedski
I Shedski 26 күн мурун
At 27:58 Not only can you slow the video down to pick up the lick, it's also lot's of fun listening to people talk...they sound drunk... (LOL) - But seriously, it's a great tool that I wish we had back in the day. Thanks Rick.
Boabdil Yad
Boabdil Yad 26 күн мурун
Hey Rick love your show 💖 Have you ever tried "exploring" Uli Jon Roth with his work with the Scorpions? Songs like Sails of Charon 1977 and Catch your train 1976 his solos were way ahead of his time and despite poor vocals performance his solo work and Still So Many Lives Away song in particular was breathtaking. Love your vids very educational and Thank you Rick 👏💖
Davi Fernandes
Davi Fernandes 27 күн мурун
thirds. there I said it :D
Егор Тючкалов
Егор Тючкалов 27 күн мурун
Hello, Rick, please tell me what the pedal you useto freeze the chord sound?)
pyeinburnaby 27 күн мурун
Dude seriously you’re gonna end up making me want to learn guitar 😏
Sam Songwriter
Sam Songwriter 27 күн мурун
Great to see you at Nelson's channel. Let us all know if you visit Brazil some day!
James Riesterer
James Riesterer 27 күн мурун
Hey Rick! I dig your truth. I am 62y, been playing since I was 7 years with random, instructional support at best! I relied upon my ear almost entirely, but developed enough theory to work my way through. You are my first instructor who has brought it together. My question for you right now is I purchased your Beato book ver. 4.0 and loved the challenge. A sweet and comprehensive learning source. However, I have picked it up sporadically. Now you are up to ver. 6 (6.0?). Since folk, the Beatles and especially into George, I began to acquire my own melodic stories. Let alone the beauty of the Jazz Cats as demonstrated in “The Dan”. So my big question is should I continue working ver.4.0 or drop it and start over with ver 6.0? You are a good mentor, I love your channel and your experiences. Be strong. You are your truth. I love your beacon. Peace, Jim Riesterer, Ann Arbor, MI.
Who ordered Nachos?
Who ordered Nachos? 27 күн мурун
What do you think of Ichika Nito?
BlueTransAm83 27 күн мурун
Wo, how do I miss stuff after decades. Modes I mess with. But messing with this. Just I don't know, starts pointing you new ways..... nice. I never thought added raised 4th? Not sure why. And then like that raised 6th (I think) little lick.
Pablo Cerda
Pablo Cerda 27 күн мурун
Sound like War Pigs sometimes
Mephilis 78
Mephilis 78 27 күн мурун
I wish people would just say "pentatonic" instead of pretending that there is a special scale for Blues.
MarkFromHawaii 27 күн мурун
That last scale is used in Okinawan folk songs.
Blake Gilliam
Blake Gilliam 27 күн мурун
Rick your playing is so soulful....I try to copy at home, I'm starting to see some of the little secrets of how you get that sound it's awesome
i am trying to understand music theory. can anyone help with this question? the song Rapture by Blondie, the vocal melody always sound so cool to me, so im thinking it must not be just a straight major or minor notes that she is singing... the song is in e minor, but she sings a g sharp note. would that make it some kind of mode? also she starts singing with a B note, which is the 5th of e. does that help make the melody sound "haunting", like it does? if not, what is it about the vocal melody over the chords the bass and guitar play that make it sound "haunting".... any thoughts would be appreciated
Logan Jackson
Logan Jackson 27 күн мурун
I just got a 60" 4K TV and decided to watch you on the TV instead of my phone or tablet like normal and was like damn look what I have been missing and then you said you were using the new camera
Mark Maehler
Mark Maehler 27 күн мурун
Rick check out" producer Sylvia Massey demonstrates snare in nuclear cooling tower" YT
Thomas Hogan
Thomas Hogan 27 күн мурун
To my ear sounds like major pent/blues with minor 3rd swapping in and out with the major 3rd
Patrick Beeson
Patrick Beeson 27 күн мурун
Another great video Rick. As someone that has watched a lot of your videos but hasn’t scoured over every minute of your online content, I’m curious as to why you seem to overlook Tom Verlaine/Television/Marquee Moon in your analysis of great guitar solos, albums, or songwriting. I was sure THIS video might finally give them some love, but no. Seems like your viewers are missing out if you keep your analysis of Television hidden from them as they were influential and groundbreaking.
Steve Kirkby
Steve Kirkby 27 күн мурун
Jut having the guitar in your hands and jamming over TV ads and incidental music ... yup:)
Singing Simplified
Singing Simplified 27 күн мурун
Thanks Rick! I've been a guitar teacher for 3 decades (not Jazz) and just last week a newbie student asked me about the Hexatonic scale and I was like, do you mean Pentatonic? And they said no, they heard it somewhere. Long story short, I found your video and you cleared it up! At first I thought the Hexatonic scale was probably just a "fancy music conservatory term" for the BLUES scale, as it is a 6 note scale - pentatonic with the passing tone added - but now I know. Anyway, thanks again!
Loel LaMarre
Loel LaMarre 27 күн мурун
Mr Rick...please get The Book Encyclopedia of Punk by Brian Cogan and Penelope Spheeris...and delve into post punk too...Do some vids into those Genres...ya might think me. Thanks for your time.
Rick Chapman
Rick Chapman 27 күн мурун
By using hexatonics you allow yourself some ability to leverage both the -6/13 and +6/13. I really love this way of using scales
True Scotsman
True Scotsman 27 күн мурун
i don't know the mode i suppose i could look this up. its the major scale but instead of F its F#. that's the only difference.
NinoZee 27 күн мурун
Hey Rick! Do you think you could do more videos from the control room looking at music production and some of the stuff you did in the early days?
Andy Shelton
Andy Shelton 27 күн мурун
Rick, how about a Shawn Lane segment?
Catherine MacLeod
Catherine MacLeod 27 күн мурун
Frank Martino's "Poppy"
Catherine MacLeod
Catherine MacLeod 27 күн мурун
Steve Howe used the hex a lot; see Siberian Khatru solos.
Fred Duffer
Fred Duffer 27 күн мурун
When is your Signature guitar coming out?
utubeaf3c0 27 күн мурун
Rick, if Gibson produces your signature guitar, will they be able to get it into stores with our their supply chain issues?
Alan S
Alan S 27 күн мурун
7:27 just go ahead and play the intro to Blue Sky.
Alan S
Alan S 27 күн мурун
I love these instructional videos. Especially being able to recognize phrases from songs and learn the “chemistry”.
FrettedLogic JDT
FrettedLogic JDT 27 күн мурун
Very helpful. I don’t think the Major pentatonic and relative minor scale relationships are discussed enough in general. This really is a big bang for your buck as a guitarist traversing the fretboard and understanding theory more in depth. Thanks.
jimmyglea 27 күн мурун
I’ve been here for hours. I know nothing about guitars, have no musical inclination, can’t understand what he’s talking about, but I love the music.
Matt Obanion
Matt Obanion 25 күн мурун
Me too...haha
Rudie Kazudee
Rudie Kazudee 26 күн мурун
Should buy a guitar so u can be like the rest of us who dont understand what he's talking bout...
Jody D
Jody D 26 күн мурун
That is so cool and says a lot about his channel
Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog 27 күн мурун
The title of this video is exactly what I've been looking for. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.
Gary Bourke
Gary Bourke 27 күн мурун
That was great. Thank you Rick
Kung Fu Bill
Kung Fu Bill 27 күн мурун
Nice guitar 🎸 Rick. Thanks for the food
Londontennistube 27 күн мурун
Hexatonic scale? Where do you dig this stuff up from?
Rick Beato
Rick Beato 27 күн мурун
Hex is the Greek word for 6. Have you ever heard of Pent? The Greek word for 5. I didn’t invent them.
Maxster 009
Maxster 009 27 күн мурун
Can u do a video on them crooked vultures? they've got a lot of sick ryhthms and riffs and singing and stuffffffffffff
Jude and Judi
Jude and Judi 27 күн мурун
Definitely an eastern vibe sound...
Dan Scott
Dan Scott 27 күн мурун
My heart will go on 11:36
Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert 27 күн мурун
Pent+ the second note is where I love to be. And triads. Love those.
Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert 27 күн мурун
*extra note (ie: not strictly a "second" note(
Joe Brooks
Joe Brooks 27 күн мурун
EJ "Walter" Fender strap? I have the same one.
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