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Fluid A Dorian Legato Scale Run
This three note per string Fluid A Dorian Legato Scale Run is designed to help you build, strength, dexterity, and coordination between your hands. This is a common technique with guitar players such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alan Holdsworth, and many others. This sixteenth note lick outlines the A Dorian scale across the neck, with hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and position shifts.
Start on the eleventh fret on the third string. Move through the scale up to the first string. Pick the first note on each string and hammer on the other two. When you reach the fifteenth fret on the first string move back down the same notes using pull-offs. Remember to pull down as you move each finger off each fret to get the most efficient and full sounding note. Pull-offs are a bit more difficult than hammer-ons. In the second measure shift to the ninth fret to continue to the next section. It might be helpful to isolate each one of these sections and practice them with the backing track, before you play the whole exercise all the way through.
The next big position shift is in the middle of measure four shifting from the ninth to the seventh frets with your first finger. Keep your thumb in the middle of the neck and your palm away from the neck to get the wide stretches in this part of the lick. In measure five shift again to the fifth fret from the seventh fret for the next section. This is the part with the widest stretches. Use your first, second, and fourth finger through this part, its the most efficient fingering for this. At the end of bar six there is a shift up to the seventh position on the second string. This is another part that you might need to isolate and practice with the backing track. The last position shift is a slide from the fifth fret to the third fret on the fifth string.
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