Brief History of the Guitar Scales Method
July 4, 2000
The first serendipitous idea about a software tool to super-learn scales and modes on guitar with a fragment-based strategy arises during a long wait at Kansai airport.
Develop the idea of a play-along trainer that plays chords while showing scales on the fretboard for improvisation.
The first quick-and-dirty prototype of the play-along tool is made and tested. It's immediately evident that it has a tremendous potential to help guitarists learn scales and improvisation.
New version of the play-along trainer with bass and drums. It's the coolest thing.
The ability to play on specific tunes or chord sequences is added to the play-along trainer.
The play-along trainer evolves gradually. For a few months I spend several hours a week playing with it, testing ideas and improving the code. Features developed in this period include the auto-scrolling chart, the visual metronome, the random chords composer, the style interface (where you choose how chords, bass and drums are played),
The play-along trainer is now lean and mean, I'm totally hooked. On some days I turn it on to test a new feature and end up playing nonstop for one hour...
I develop the Pattern Trainer to give guitarists one more tool to develop finger ability and scale fluency.
I write the first draft of the Guitar Scales Secrets ebook, highlighting the step-by-step strategy to master scales and improvisation on guitar.
After a long period of development the project enters the final phase, where I work to make it user-friendly.
Redesign and polish the Tune Editor, to enable easy creation of chord sequences. Now it's very easy to enter the chords of a song and jam along with it.
Rewriting and improving the Guitar Scales Secrets ebook.
November, December 2002
Major testing and fine-tuning of the progress map's exercises.
I review and rewrite the Guitar Scales Secrets ebook once more. I'm trying hard to make it short, clear, memorable, complete and, above all, practical.
Beta-testing starts. The first sentence from the first beta-tester reads "Your program is fantastic!" however I still have some work to do...
Fixing bugs reported by beta-testers, improving user interface, improving behind-the-scenes performance.
Version 1.0 is published on GuitarScalesMethod.com.
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