Appendix 2: Different Scales for Different Chords

Classically trained performers practice the major and minor scales—ascending and descending two or four octaves—for countless hours. Still, they often are unable to use them in improvisations! Why? Perhaps they practice scales to improve technique, but not to create music.

This chapter attempts to addresses these issues, and to provide you with ideas on how to apply scales to harmony. As much as possible, practice the examples below in all keys.