Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > Artists Corner > Talk Instruments
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-09-2021, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 2
Default do you need to learn scales to make "good" music?

im a guitarist who has been learning by myself. i feel like i have to learn scales to be good. is that true?
Majesty_Milk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
Swifter than Gaylor slays
Marie Monday's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Cute Post Malone's mom
Posts: 2,823


Originally Posted by Trollheart View Post
You sound like Buffy after they dragged her back from Heaven.
Originally Posted by WWWP View Post
I want to open a school for MB's lost boys and teach them basic coping skills and build up their self esteem and strengthen their emotional intelligence and teach them about vegetables and institutionalized racism and sexism and then they'll all build a bronze statue of me in my honor and my bronzed titties will forever be groped by the grubby paws of you ****ing whiny pathetic white boys.
Marie Monday is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 12:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
Go ahead, Mr. Wendal
Mucha na Dziko's Avatar
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 318

Not really, you can go by feel and experience

But scales, keys, modes, etc actually do help a lot, no matter whether you're a beginner or a pro

Many people like to say that learning music theory makes people lose their creativity, but it's the opposite really. Music theory makes you see more possibilities on the neck, keyboard, etc

It's like learning a language really. You might learn it gradually over time while living in a foreign country (but then your communication skills will be at least unsatisfying for a long period of time at the beginning), or you can first learn the basics of talking, writing, etc of that language and then emigrate.

Then again, if you focus to much on these theoretical stuff, then you might feel like it is holding you back (just like if you were talking in a foreign language and instead of having a conversation you would constantly worry whether your syntax or conjugation is right)
Mucha na Dziko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2021, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
Neapolitan's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Posts: 7,371

There is nothing wrong with learning fundamentals. They are a practice run for soloing cause it helps build up left/right hand coordination. With scales you can understand harmony and chord progressions a little better. If you learn them it's win/win.
Originally Posted by mord View Post
Actually, I like you a lot, Nea. That's why I treat you like ****. It's the MB way.

"it counts in our hearts" ?ºº?
“I have nothing to offer anybody, except my own confusion.” Jack Kerouac.
“If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person.” Aristotle.
"If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." John Lennon
"I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous." Keith Richards
Neapolitan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2021, 02:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Join Date: May 2021
Posts: 2

There are no absolutes, but 9 times out of 10 I'd rather play with someone who knows a scale or two. If nothing else it tends to be a good measurement of someones dedication to making music.

That said, what I think is more important is learning how to hear scales. Develop your ear, and internal ear, so that you can really truly hear a scale/distance between notes- this will surely help you more as a musician than memorizing dots/hand movements on the fretboard (what most people think of when they talk about "learning" scales).
selfawarevillain is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads

© 2003-2021 Advameg, Inc.