How To Practice Scales

Oh, time to get those scales and modes under your fingers. Okay, let's go!

First, I do think it is absolutely essential to learn your scales and modes. However, knowing a scale or mode is not the same thing as playing and practicing scales and modes.

I spent years playing all kinds of scales and modes up and down the fretboard because, well, that's what everybody said you had to do -- especially my Berklee teacher and lots of guys who sound like they're playing scales and modes up and down the neck all day long.

What a colossal waste of time. Better to just play this crap instead; it would sound more interesting.

Learn your modes and scales but DO NOT waste a lot of time playing them up and down the neck.

Scale practice is for petit bourgeois pigs.