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Major Scales Pattern 1
Learning the major scale patterns is an important task. Once you know the seven major scale patterns, you can move them around the neck to play in any key. This Major Scale Pattern 1 exercise is the first pattern for the major scale in twelve keys. The general shape of this scale is a 1 2 4 fingering pattern. The sixth and fifth strings are played with the first, second, and fourth fingers, with a whole step stretch between each one. The fourth and third string is a half step, and then a whole step with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The second string is a whole step with just the second and fourth fingers. The first string is the same pattern as the sixth string.
This exercise starts on the first fret, play up and back down the scale. Don’t repeat the fourth finger on the first string, just go back down the scale. When you get to the bottom of the scale, shift to the second fret and repeat. Work your way one fret at a time up to the twelfth fret. From there shift back to the eleventh fret and work your way back down the neck. The whole thing ends on the sixth string, first fret, first finger.
As an extra tip, think about this pattern as the root pattern of the major scale. When you learn modes, you can use this pattern to play the Ionian mode.
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