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Major Scales Pattern 5
Use alternate picking.
The root notes of this pattern are on the fifth string first finger, and the third string second finger.
This exercise is the fifth pattern for the major scale in twelve keys. This scale contains 1 2 4, and 2 3 fingering patterns. The sixth, fifth, and fourth strings are a whole steps, with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The third string is a half step whole step with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The second string is a half step, with the second, and third fingers. The first 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 fifth pattern of the major scale. When you learn modes, you can use this pattern to play the Mixolydian mode. This is the mode that you can use to solo over a seventh chord. D7, G7, etc.
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