What are the best resources for learning guitar scales?

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    #1[TUTORIAL] How to Master Guitar Scales: No Memorizing, No Visual Aids. By Mike Caruso

    [TUTORIAL] How to Master Guitar Scales: No Memorizing, No Visual Aids. By Mike Caruso
    Guitarist Michael Caruso offers you his method to learn scales in a fast and easy way.
    Videos

    Free

    Lawrence Martin
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "It's always nice to play some instrument but it's not easy to start playing if you do it by yourself. But if you'd like to play guitar then you much watch this video and you will see how playing scales will be easier than you ever thought!"
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    #2Learn Guitar Scales In 8 Easy Steps

    Learn Guitar Scales In 8 Easy Steps
    National Guitar Academy shows you how to master the art of scales with a 8 steps easy guide.
    Websites

    Free

    Joe Morales
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "I started learning guitars a few months ago, and, after trying a few websites, I found this one. The lessons are clear and well made but, unfortunately, every time I play their videos, my browser crashes (tried with Chrome and Firefox). I don't know if it's my problem or theirs, but I'll have to look for some other resource."
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    #3Music Theory 101: Scales and Modes

    Music Theory 101: Scales and Modes
    Steve Eulberg of JamPlay.Com presents an in depth lesson on Scales and Modes.
    Videos

    Free

    Keith Fernandez
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "I started learning guitars a few months ago, and, after trying many websites without success... ... I had to add even this one to my black list :( The lessons are too hard for a beginner like me, I need something easier, that might help me to build some confidence.. I think I'll keep looking for more resources"
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    #4wikiHow: How to learn guitar scales

    wikiHow: How to learn guitar scales
    A complete step-by-step guide to know the basics of guitar scales and start learning from screatch,
    Articles

    Free

    Carl Harper
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "As a guitarist, I know how difficult it can be to master the complex theories of guitar. Guitar scales are mostly about muscle memory and understanding music theory - and that can be a challenge. Honestly I think wikiHow's How to Learn Guitar Scales article is an excellent first step - it helped me out a lot. The article explains things in a simple way to help you get started while also offering external sources for further, more in depth information. It's a great page."
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    #5guitarLayers

    guitarLayers

    guitarLayers is a software created by MOREORLESS MUSIC SRL. It is used to learn or teach guitar playing. It can map out notes played on a guitar so users can then tab them and play them on the guitar fretboard. 

    Software

    Mac

    $39.99

    John Hartman
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "On a professional level this macOs software is incomparable eighter for its music education quality and for its parametric control interface. It's something similar Apple Logic Pro or Final cut. It is fully parametric and, like any professional high level software, it has a little learning curve to overcome but the company provide a lot of documentation and videos and it worth a little effort. Quite impossible to enumerate all its features, go to their website and look at the videos or the manuals to get an idea. Just by clicking around the interface controls I have understood so many important music theory principles (e.g. the chords dropping concept or the correct enharmony) and, moreover, the logic governing the fretboard: the software allows you to apply this logic automatically and quickly on the instrument but, once acquired, you can apply it on the instrument by yourself, sitting relaxed on your sofa. Simply revolutionary."
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    #6Creativeguitarstudio

    Creativeguitarstudio
    Andrew Wasson teaches basic music theory every Friday. His classes include plenty of secret tips on becoming a better musician.
    Videos

    Free

    Christopher Castillo
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "The Creativeguitarstudio is a Youtube channel that has created a collection of tutoring videos for any level of guitar player. The site even teaches you the basics, but offers something at every level. You will not only learn how to string a guitar, but will develop interests you didn't even know you had with the comprehensive site. "
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    #7GuitarNotesMaster

    GuitarNotesMaster
    Built by guitarists for guitarists, this software will help you rapidly develop your guitar playing skills.
    Software

    Windows

    $39

    Jonathan Larson
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "I started learning guitars a few months ago, and, since I wanted to learn playing scales, I googled for resources, till I found this website. Unfortunately, I stopped using it right away: the lessons are too hard for me, and I wasn't able to follow them. I think I'll have to look for something else.."
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    #8Guitar Lessons Academy

    Guitar Lessons Academy
    An online academy where you get step-by-step videos, guided lesson plans, and fun play-along songs to accelerate your progress.
    Course

    $30- per month

    Brandon Moreno
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "I started learning guitars a few months ago, and I wanted to find some resource online to improve my (yet to be discovered) skills. I found this website, but I wasn't able to use it to practice because I found it hard to understand. I'll have to keep searching.."
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    #9WholeNote

    WholeNote
    An online community devoted to learning and sharing anything and everything to do with guitar. This includes a lot of tabs for learning the chords of famous songs.
    Websites

    Free

    Sean Chang
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "I liked that there were so many different scales to practice; however, it didn't do much for actually learning the scales. There was a "community" option, so I could ask an actual person if I'm struggling with something. "
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    #10[TUTORIAL] How to use Scales tool in Guitar Pro 6

    [TUTORIAL] How to use Scales tool in Guitar Pro 6
    How can improve my skills with the Scales tool in Guitar Pro 6? Well, in this video you can check it.
    Videos

    Free

    Benjamin Matthews
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "I viewed this video and it gave me clear instructions on how to use the scales tool in Guitar Pro 6, which is my favorite tool for playing Guitar. Whenever someone asks me how they can learn guitar scales, this video is always the one I recommend."
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    #11Guitar Pro

    Guitar Pro

    The famous music composition software that allows you to transcribe your favorite songs, or simply read the thousands of tabs already available on the Internet.

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS

    $69.95

    Justin Guzman
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "I inherited a couple guitars from my uncle after he died. They had sat in a stand for years before I decided to finally learn how to play it. I tried following various blogs and videos but wanted something more professional to learn more about guitar scales. A coworker told me about Guitar Pro. What's great is the range of songs they have. The app is great, too -- very intuitive and easy to follow."
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    #12Chords & Scales

    Chords & Scales
    Become a Master of Guitar and Bass Scales, Modes, Chords and Arpeggios with this interactive software!
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Phillip Webb
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "I was invited to a kegger for Saturday night and I had no cash to bring any Brew 102 so I needed something to bring so that everyone wouldn't think I was a mooch. I found Chords & Scales on line and download the trial version for FREE. Within minutes I was able to take my old guitar and riff out two major chords and arpeggios. Saturday night I waited until half the booze was gone then whipped out my axe and laid those chords out there for everyone. I was the life of the party and almost got lucky that night. Thank you Chords & Scales!"
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    #13JamPlay Lessons

    JamPlay Lessons
    With new lessons added on a daily basis, you cannot find another company as dedicated to teaching you how to play guitar as JamPlay.
    Course

    $19.95- monthly, varies by plan

    Peter Bennett
    Written on July 12, 2017
    "There's a lot of stuff here for beginner guitar players which is good but there is really too much stuff so it can be confusing. Also, the web interface is kind of outdated and it a bit slow. And while there were a lot of genres there I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for."
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    #14Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners

    Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners
    This book offers beginners a comprehensive introduction to essential guitar-playing fundamentals and a quick, effective, uncomplicated and practical alternative to the multitude of traditional self-instructional method books
    Books

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    Luis Alberto Esparza
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This book is great. I bought it for my brother for his birthday because he's been dying to learn how to play guitar. He doesn't know how to read music, but this book does not require that skill. He seems to be really enjoying his new hobby and I can definitely hear the improvement in his practicing. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn guitar."
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    #15The Ultimate Scale Book

    The Ultimate Scale Book
    This book fills you in on major and minor scales; the modes; the blues scale; harmonic minor, melodic minor, chromatic, whole tone & diminished scales; other exotic and ethnic scales; and more. Includes easy-to-read fretboard diagrams, and a bio of Troy Stetina.
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    Gary Elliott
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "I had only started learning guitar a few months ago and would be completely lost if it were not for The Ultimate Scale Book. I have never had any formal music training but after reading the book, I felt like I could explain many of the concepts to others."
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    #16Guitar Tricks

    Guitar Tricks
    A complete online course that offers 11,000 video lessons given by experienced professionals across many genres. The course includes a method that constantly adapts to your level.
    Course

    $19.95- per month

    James Ryan
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "This site is good for beginners or people who already know scales. It is a pretty site with great resources. You can recieve free lessons. I enjoyed the experience and encouaged others I know to check it out."
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    #17Guitar Scales Handbook

    Guitar Scales Handbook
    A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Book & Streaming Videos) (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction).
    Books

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    Louis Russell
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "It's not the greatest book for beginners. It's got a lot of theory but not too many practical exercises. I also was expecting a DVD with the book and didn't get one. Also, since it's a paperback, it doesn't lie down flat and it's hard to use because of that. "
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    #18Ultimate Guitar

    Ultimate Guitar

    The Ultimate Guitar app lets users find over 800,000 chords, tabs, and lyrics for guitar, bass, and ukulele. It comes with a tool for users to edit chords, lyrics however they want. The app is also available in dark mode and offline.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Mary Wallace
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "Ultimate Guitar is a website with tabs, scales, and chord charts for learning guitar. I'm a guitarist and I sometimes use it, but more often than not, the tabs and scales are incorrect and not verified in any way. Also, the website is laggy, especially on older computers. "
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    #19Creative Guitar 1

    Creative Guitar 1

    Creative Guitar 1: Cutting Edge Techniques is a guidebook on how to play the guitar and music theory by Guthrie Govan. It is designed for mid-level guitarists and it comes with a CD.

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    Phillip Baker
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This has taken me to the next level. Many other books focus on basics. Reading this felt like I was learning secret information. It has made me a better guitar player."
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    #20Blues Rhythm Guitar

    Blues Rhythm Guitar
    Blues Rhythm Guitar is a guidebook on how to play the classic old blues on guitar written by Keith Wyatt. It is designed for complete amateurs and early level players. It was published in 2008.
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    Joyce Barnett
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I really like this book and what it has offered by blues playing. I have been using John Ganapes' books in conjunction with this book and it has given me additional rhythm ideas. The CDs are very helpful. I thing Keith Wyatt is a good teacher and he has included some understandable, yet challenging lessons in this book. I highly recommend it for beginning blues players"
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    #21Chord!

    Chord!
    This app will allow you to practice every chord and scale of most fretted instruments, like bass, ukelele, banjo and guitar. Like this, you will be able to become a great musician and use your musical skills to help you fulfill your dreams. 


    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $3.99

    Jonathan May
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "Lately, I have just started learning the guitar. An area where I struggle with is finding good resources for learning guitar scales. After looking online for a couple of days, I found a program called Chord! which is an invaluable app to help me find all possible fingerings for playing the guitar. It's an amazing app. "
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    #22Hacking the CAGED System: Book 1

    Hacking the CAGED System: Book 1

    Hacking the CAGED System: Book 1 is a book written by Graham Tippett and was published on October 18, 2016. It is the first book of the series the helps readers learn how to play the guitar.

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    Graham Tippett
    Written on January 14, 2019
    "This book not only covers scales in a very manageable way, it also ties them in with chords, key signatures arpeggios and modes, which gives you the complete solution."
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    #23TheGuitarLesson

    TheGuitarLesson

    TheGuitarLesson is a website that offers various materials that help users learn to play guitar like strumming, fingerpicking, solos, and scaling. Users just need to sign up for an account in order to access the service.

    Websites

    $9- Varies by plan

    Tom Fontana
    Written on November 27, 2018
    "This page breaks the theory behind learning scales down to a very understandable level. It teaches the underlying theory you need to understand scales on the guitar well."
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    #24ABRSM Speedshifter

    ABRSM Speedshifter
    Designed for musicians, Speedshifter is a practice tool that enables you to adjust the speed of any audio track without altering the pitch. It's ideal for musical, slow practice to a recorded accompaniment.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $4.99

    Hao Duan
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "As best as I can tell, ABRSM Speedshifter is an app that allows me to adjust the speed of a track without changing its pitch, so I can practice alongside the slowed-down version to learn to play fast or complicated parts. I like this idea, and at $5 it's a pretty good deal. But this resource is really most handy for those who already know guitar scales; it doesn't help a newbie like me who is just learning how to do scales. "
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    #25Creative Guitar 2

    Creative Guitar 2

    Creative Guitar 2: Advance Techniques is the second book in Guthrie Govan's guidebook on how to play advanced level guitar. It was released in 2006 and comes with a CD full of riffs and licks for readers to follow.

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    Michael Sandoval
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I've been in a band with my friends for a few years, and I was getting frustrated with how my skills were holding the rest of the group back. I picked this book up, and let me tell you, it was amazing! This thing really showed me a better method and got me out of a rut. Now we're playing better gigs every week. If you really want to master guitar, get this book!"
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    #26Guitarist Source

    Guitarist Source
    Guitarist Source is a site with online guitar lessons including guitar chords, guitar scales, guitar arpeggios and more.
    Websites

    Free

    Steven Bell
    Written on October 13, 2017
    "Guitarist Source doesn't explain scales in an easy to understand way. I hate when sites expect you to already have knowledge of the way things work, and don't provide with a way to learn if you don't. They should at least link other sources to get you up to speed with it if you're not already."
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    #27911 Tabs

    911 Tabs
    911 Tabs is a great tablature search engine to find tabs for guitar, bass, piano and drums.
    Websites

    Free

    Zhao Huang
    Written on October 16, 2017
    "911 Tabs seems like it would be a good resource for people learning guitar scales, but right as my search result opened, out popped an AD. I can understand they need to probably make money to run the site but the ad is rather annoying and obtrusive. If you don't mind ads (or are using an ad blocker), it may not be that much of a distraction for you."
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    #28How to Play Blues Guitar

    How to Play Blues Guitar

    How To Play Blues Guitar: The Basics & Beyond is an introductory and midlevel guidebook on how to play blues guitar written by Richard Johnston. It has charts and photos and details the styles of famous blues icons.

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    Brenda Marshall
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "How to Play Blues Guitar is one of the best resources for learning guitar scales that I have read. There are great tricks and tips that help you along the way of learning. "
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    #29Guitar Handbook

    Guitar Handbook

    Guitar Handbook is a guidebook written by Ralph Denyer in October 1982. It is about famous guitarists and a detailed narration of how guitars are made and taken care of.

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    Grace Gao
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The lessons in this book can be used by beginners to the more advanced player. Everything from guitar history, basic skills, and advanced techniques. The book even goes into how a guitar works, which was really interesting for me. This book is a must-have if you play or are interested in learning to play."
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    #30Justin Guitar

    Justin Guitar
    Justin, who is a great guitarist with more than 15 years of experience teaching, offers hundreds of free guitar lessons for every level. His method involves tough videos, exercises and a lot of resources.
    Websites

    Free

    Nancy McDonald
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Super place to start when you want to learn guitar. There is so much free information on this site it is unbelievable. I love that anyone, regardless of their financial state can go here to learn to play the guitar. The community forum is also a great option to connect with others that are learning to play or to get help and advice from more seasoned guitar players. "
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    #317 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player

    7 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player

    7 Keys to Becoming a Better Guitar Player is a short, step-by-step guidebook on how to play the guitar written by Don Sansone for beginning and midlevel guitarists. It was published in 2013.

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    Thomas Pearson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I've been working on playing guitar after having surgery on my leg and this book has really helped me excel at it. It has a lot of very helpful tips that I hadn't heard from anybody else. I'm also a fan of the artwork on the front, it's very comforting for some reason. While the compliment might sound weird the font is perfect size too."
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    #32Hub Guitar

    Hub Guitar

    Hub Guitar is a website where you can find guitar lessons according to your expertise level, or according to what specific thing you want to learn. Browse the website and find advice, learn to read music, learn the theory, musicality, technique, fretboard, tunes, and more.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Benjamin Shaw
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "Hub Guitar application are high speed application and very enjoyable the application.Hub guitar for the browse very quickely and learn easily"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning guitar scales
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1[TUTORIAL] How to Master Guitar Scales: No Memorizing, No Visual Aids. By Mike CarusoVideos 21 Free
2Learn Guitar Scales In 8 Easy StepsWebsites 19 Free
3Music Theory 101: Scales and ModesVideos 17 Free
4wikiHow: How to learn guitar scalesArticles 15 Free
5guitarLayersSoftware 14 Paid
6CreativeguitarstudioVideos 14 Free
7GuitarNotesMasterSoftware 12 Paid
8Guitar Lessons AcademyCourse 10 Paid
9WholeNoteWebsites 8 Free
10[TUTORIAL] How to use Scales tool in Guitar Pro 6Videos 8 Free
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