- Dec 29, 2008
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Dude... you don't learn scales to literally play a scale up and down, nobody actually plays like that anyway.I doubt you would ask Metallica to play a scale at a concert
You learn scales in order to recognize patterns more easily. Especially 3 notes per string scale patterns, because when you know them well enough you'll instantly recognize them in tons of melodies, licks, and so on.
Obviously, there needs to be a balance between learning boring mechanical stuff and actually playing or composing music. Likewise, you need to understand the big picture and how music theory is actually used, because if you literally only learn scales just to learn scales, then of course it would seem pointless, but that's just down to shit education.