3 Notes per string: Guitar Scales and Modes Demystified

Chris Beltran, "Guitarist" Chris Beltran

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13 Videos (18m)
    • Intro

    • Course Project

    • Before we begin

    • Overview

    • Aeolian mode or the Minor Scale

    • Ionian mode or the Major Scale

    • Phrygian mode

    • Conclusion

    • Locrian mode

    • Lydian mode

    • Dorian mode

    • Mixolydian mode

    • Application


About This Class

This class will focus on delivering a basic understanding of what scales and their relative modes are on the guitar through a simple 3 note per string pattern approach. At then end of the course the student will have a basic understanding of what a scale is, what modes of a scale are, how they are applied, and the ability to modulate based on the patterns to play in different keys. This will enable students to further expand their musical theory knowledge by gaining actual playability.

By learning the 3 note per string pattern, the student is able to quickly apply what they learned to their playing while gradually increasing their music theory. The 3 note pattern approach will also help expand the students range on the fretboard by connecting multiple patterns to create continous and fluid melodic lines. This will boost a students confidence in traversing the guitar fretboard and continually increase the students familiarity with the different notes and their locations on the guitar. 

Ultimately, the 3 note per string pattern approach will aslo become a tool to ebable the student to determine what notes are in any scale, what is the relative minor key of a any major scale, and play in defferent keys based on identifying the key and scale of a progression. This over time will increase the students musical theory in understading keys, scales, and modes.  By learning to apply techniques immediately to the guitar, the student will feel more comfortable and with repetition, gain the concepts of scale theory.


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Biggie Emmanuel

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Good information and charts to study by.





Chris Beltran

"Guitarist" Chris Beltran

Hi, Im Chris Beltran and I've been playing the guitar since I was 12 ( I know, late start). My mother was a piano player and minor'd in music education while my father was a self taught spanish guitarist. Music has always been in me since I was small and can be sen in many of my childhood photographs. I started with piano lessons at a young age but as soon as I picked up my first guitar I knew this was the instrumnet for me. 

Since then, I did everything I could to learn all that there was to guitar playing. I took formal lessons in the guitar which included music theory. I pestered my mom for knowledge on theory and application. I bugged my dad on how he played. I learned from other guitarists in the community and friends who played for tips and tricks. I bought numerous books and instructional videos and locked myself away for hours at a time with them. In the end, I think what benefitted me the most was reaching out to all these resourcs vs limiting my self to strictly one or even two. This goes very much the same for my playing. I have played many differnt styles from Pop, to Rock, to Metal, to Dance, to Reggae and feel this has only broadend my ability.

I have been part of many different bands with my most recent success in a local Portland, OR band - When Vanity Kills. We released our debut album in 2013, did a mini tour, and opened for notable acts like rockers P.O.D. I have also done independent and solo work and competitions. I competed in 2001 at the Guitarmaggedon competition held by Guitar Center and made in to the Local Finals for Las Vegas, where I was living at the time. 

Now I look forward to sharing my knowledge, and tips and tricks that worked for me with learning the guitar with all of you with the hopes that each of you find that musical component in each of you.