VETERAN IV

   Level 11

MAJOR SCALE FLUENCY

Just like learning your chords, practice your MAJOR SCALE daily!
Try it forward and backward, skip notes, start in different positions, and use alternate picking methods.

MAJOR SCALE FLUENCY

You can also play the major scale in alternative shapes.

Here is an E MAJOR SCALE starting on the D string.
We'll call this POSITION 2.

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Use the major scale position 2 pattern to help!

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G-------4---4-----------4------
D-5-5-7---5---7-4-5-5-7---5--4-
A------------------------------
E------------------------------

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G-------4-5-4------------------
D-5-5-7-------7-5-4-----4-5--5-
A-------------------5-7--------
E------------------------------

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G------------------------------
D---4-------4-5----------------
A-7---7-5-7------5-7-5------5--
E----------------------8-7-----

e------------------------------
B------------------------------
G------------------------------
D-----------4-5-----5-4-7-5--5-
A-7-7-7-5-7-----7-5------------
E------------------------------

You can EXPAND your scale range by combining POSITION 1 and POSITION 2.

MAJOR SCALE FLUENCY

When you reach the sixth note in the first position, try "sliding" your #1 finger to the seventh note, and then continuing. You can do this in reverse when you reach the 7th note of the first position.

SLIDE #1 FINGER HERE

Guitar Technique

HAMMER-ONS

By "hammering" a neighboring fret with your finger, you can add a note without having to pick the string!

e-----------------
B-1-h3------------
G------1-h3-------
D-----------1-h3--
A-----------------
E-----------------

often denoted with an "h" on a guitar tab

Guitar Technique

PULL-OFFS

By rolling off or "flicking" the fret you're on, you can add a note without having to pick the string!

e-----------------
B-3-p1------------
G------3-p1-------
D-----------3-p1--
A-----------------
E-----------------

often denoted with an "p" on a guitar tab