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Major Scales Pattern 6
Use alternate picking.
The root notes of this pattern appear on the sixth string fourth finger, and the fourth string third finger. Then again on the first string fourth finger.
This exercise is the sixth pattern for the major scale in twelve keys. This scale contains 1 3 4, 1 3, and 1 2 4 fingering patterns. The sixth, and fifth strings are a whole step, then half step, with the first, third, and fourth fingers. The fourth string is two whole steps with the first, third, and fourth fingers. The third string is a whole step, with the first, and third fingers. The second string is a half step and then a whole step with the first, second, and fourth fingers. The first string is a whole step, half step pattern with the first, third, 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 sixth pattern of the major scale. When you learn modes, you can use this pattern to play the Aeolian mode, which is also the natural minor scale. This is the mode that you can use to solo over a minor seventh chord, Am7, Dm7, etc.
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