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Scale Fragment 1 In 12 Keys
Make sure that your alternate picking through the whole pattern, no repeated pick strokes!
Start with a down stroke.
This scale fragment is an eight-note sequence that starts on the fourteenth fret on the second string. Pick the note with a down stroke with your pick. Play the fifteenth fret with your second finger on the second string with an up stroke with the pick. Your fourth finger is on the seventeenth fret with a down stroke with the pick.
With this type of picking its important to make sure that when you switch to the first string you pick the fourteenth fret with an up stroke with the pick. The fifteenth fret on the first string is a down stroke. The seventeenth fret is an up stroke.
You’re now halfway through the pattern; the next part is to descend backwards through the scale. Play the fifteenth fret and then the fourteenth fret on the first string. Next move to the second string on the seventeenth fret. The last note is the fifteenth fret on the second string. The pattern gets repeated a total of four times before moving down one fret. Because this exercise is the same shape down and up the neck, you might find it really helpful to practice this only in the fourteenth position until you get comfortable with the 1 2 4 fingering pattern. Then start moving it to the other keys
This exercise starts with a piece of a D major scale. The first chord of the backing track is an E power chord. This relationship of the chord and scale gives you an E Dorian scale. (E F# G A B C# D E) The chord scale relationship is the same as the exercises move down and back up the neck in half steps.
The backing track for this starts on an E power chord and moves down through every note one half step at a time. Each chord lasts for two measures, or eight beats on each chord. E, Eb, D, Db, C, B, Bb, A, Ab, G, Gb, F, and then moves back up until reaching the E chord again,
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