Use these 9 unique scales to solo over 6th chords!
It’s time to break out of the ordinary Major scale! This lesson will show you 9 different scales you can use to add some flavor to your own guitar solos. There is nothing wrong with soloing over the Major scale, actually it’s the most common for a reason…it just sounds really good, and it’s easy to play!
I want to take some time and break you out of this Major scale. After learning this lesson you will have way more options when it comes to your soloing. I will show you some easy guitar theory along the way. I don’t want you to just memorize all these scales I want you to know how to make them! If you follow the instructions in this lesson then I promise you will know how to make every scale with a lot less memorizing.
All of these scales can be transposed to any key you want to play them in. I am playing everything in this lesson in the key of C. I will show you why in a minute. Every scale in this lesson starts on the root note…C. So, if you want to play these scales in the key of D you will just start the scale on the D note. It’s that easy!
Next, I’m going to show you the scales and how to make them.
Are you ready to solo over 6th chords?
Here is where the guitar theory comes in. First, in order to learn the other scales you have to know the major scales. You have to memorize the sharps and flats in each key to know how to make the next scales. This is why I am using the key of C. The key of C has no sharps or flats. This is the easiest scale to learn from.
You don’t have to memorize all the Major scales, you can memorize the keys that you want to use, or just follow along in the key of C!
The notes of the C Major scale are: C – D – E – F – G – A – B
The way we will learn these scales is by comparing them to this Major scale. I’ll show you what I mean. Check out the next scale.
This is the C Lydian scale. To make this scale from the C Major scale you will sharp the 4th notes of the C Major scale. It’s that easy! So, if you remember, to make a Lydian scale from a Major scale all you have to do is sharp the 4th then you got it!
Here are the notes of the C Lydian scale: C – D – E – F# – G – A – B
To make the C Mixolydian scale from the C Major scale you will flat the 7th note. Here are the notes of the C Mixolydian scale: C – D – E – F – G – A – Bb
C Lydian Dominant
To make this Lydian Dominant scale you will sharp the 4th, and flat the 7th. Here are the notes of the C Lydian Dominant scale: C – D – E – F# – G – A – Bb
C Lydian #2
To make this Lydian #2 scale you will sharp the 2nd, and 4th notes of the major scale. Here are the C Lydian #2 notes: C – D# – E – F# – G – A – B
C Dominant b2
To make this scale you will flat the 2nd, and 7th notes of the C Major scale. Here are the C Dominant b2 notes: C – Db – E – F – G – A – Bb
C Alt Natural 5 bb7
To make this scale you will flat the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and double flat the 7th. To double flat a note just means to flat it twice. Here are the notes of the C Alt Natural 5 bb7 scale:
C – Db – Eb – E – G – Ab – A
Since Fb and E are Enharmonic Notes (have two different names, but are the same note) I chose to write E since Fb isn’t very commonly used.
C Hungarian Major
To make the Hungarian Major scale you will sharp the 2nd, 4th, and flat the 7th. Here are the C Hungarian Major notes: C – D# – E – F# – G – A – Bb
C Ionian #2
This scale is made by sharping the 2nd note of the Major scale. Here are the notes of the C Ionian #2 scale: C – D# – E – F – G – A – B
Well there you have it!
Now you know how to solo over 6th chords. This lesson is a great foundation! Next, learn some techniques and start making your solos even more incredible! If you found this lesson useful please let me know by leaving me a comment. Let me know what you want to learn more of!