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Major Scales Pattern 4
Use alternate picking.
The root notes of this pattern are on the fifth string second finger, and the third string fourth finger.
Learning the seven major scale patterns makes it easy to play in all twelve keys by moving the patterns accross the neck of the guitar. This exercise is the fourth pattern for the major scale in twelve keys. This scale contains 1 2 4, 1 3 4, and 2 4 fingering patterns. The sixth string is a whole steps, with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The fifth and fourth strings is a half step whole step with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The third string is a whole step, half step with the first, third and fourth fingers. The second string is a whole step pattern with the second, and fourth fingers.
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 fourth pattern of the major scale. When you learn modes, you can use this pattern to play the lydian mode.
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