To help myself learn to use scales over chord changes I use computer
animations or slide shows in a word processor. They will play image
scale charts over and over for you. With this ability you can place
scale charts for different chords in the order you want them and
learn to change scales as the chords change. It is some of the best
practice I've ever devised.
I set up Band In A Box or some similar program to play
the changes over and over. Following the charts on paper worked but
the computer really made the difference. I've created Quicktime
Movies that you can download that shows this in action. I have them
in both Mac & PC versions. The Mac versions are Stuffed and the PC versions
are Zipped. Mac users need Stuffit & Pc users need ZipIt. These movies
are stand-alone applications that you can play right at your computer
once you've downloaded them.
C6th Movie for Mac (590k)
Universal S-12 Movie for Mac (614k)
C6th Movie for PC (587k)
Universal S-12 Movie for PC (618k)
What makes this really happen is the fact that I can study each pedal
or combination of pedals as a new tuning. If I lower my E's (4 & 8) on
a Universal I can think of that as an entire new tuning. The charts allow
me to freeze that picture and play from there. Let's look at the charts
of the Universal tuning.
This is the pedal set up for the Universal.