Reference for Most Common Jazz Scales (for Guitar)
Is jazz improvisation a big mystery to you? Do have questions as to "what notes are good" when soloing? Use this handy jazz scales reference chart to learn the most common sounds in jazz ...
Using formulas is the best and most convenient way to write down, read, learn and memorize jazz scales. We use numbers instead of notes so you can easily apply the scale formula starting on any note...
This : C D E F G A B (1)
Becomes : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (1)
I know this has been posted everywhere on this website... but, I repeat :
The Major Scale IS the prime reference
for building all the other scales!
At first, you should learn the jazz scales that are very closely related to the major scale (because they have only one or two note difference.)
Later, you'll be able tackle more challenging formulas (other more complex jazz scales) with a solid foundation. If you have any kind of question, please ask it here (at the bottom of the page).
Before going any further, just watch this video. Basically, I demonstrate the three basic chords - scales - arpeggios sounds needed for Jazz guitar improvisation on a basic II-V-I cadence. After you get this under your fingers, your can get going and create you own solos.
Congratulations! If you can play the above suggestions well enough, your jazz language can develop in many beautiful ways (in phrasing, ornamentations, licks, etc.) Learning, memorizing and playing those three basic jazz scales can get you very far in jazz improvisation.