Pattern 1 Major Scale 3 Notes Per String 4 Note Groupings
Three note per string major scale patterns are one of the important keys to unlocking the guitar fretboard. Working though these patterns with what I like to call ‘note groupings” is an awesome way to help you learn the notes in each scale, and on your fretboard, as well as a more interesting way to practice scales overall. This is the first pattern of the major scale, three notes per string, played in groupings of four notes. There are two sections of this exercise, the first time though uses alternate picking, the second time through employs legato playing using hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
The best way to keep track of how this pattern works is to think of it as four notes from every note in the scale. Keep in mind here that you are playing the G major scale in two octaves. You want to think (G A B C), (A B C D), (B C D E), (C D E F), and so on. This gives you a cascading type of sound through the scale that can be used in any solo, or melody line.
Playing through the first use straight alternate picking, down, up, down, up. For the second time though use hammer-ons when ascending through the scale, and use pull-offs depending backwards through the scale. The really big benefit with switching back and forth between the different picking styles is that this forces you to work on keeping the rhythm even when using either technique.
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