Major Scale Exercise
Are you struggling with major scales and chord shapes? Are you frustrated by the idea of “blunt force” practice? Simply practicing a major scale exercise over and over is NOT the most effective way to reach your goals. The same applies logic applies to chords, licks, everything. This exercise will help you solve both. Read on!
The following examples in this G major scale exercise that will focus on dexterity. You will hold down the note D (B string, 3rd fret) for nearly the entire length of the tune. The challenge will be to play each note cleanly, while D sustains. Never lift the finger that plays D (3rd fret of B string). This is a great exercise to add to your routine if you’re learning chords in 1st position, scales, or are having trouble with getting notes in a chord to ring out.
- Practice this exercise in two parts, mastering both before combining them.
- Practice the low notes first, playing each one, but keeping in mind that you can only use your index or middle finger to play them
- Slowly incorporate the higher note D into the exercise, testing out if you can make the note sustain while alternating lower notes
- Create variations on the pattern. Read this post if you have trouble with this part
- Incorporate this scale exercise into your regular practice routine
- Try to use this exercise in context with other 1st position chords
- Use a metronome to track your progress, and maintain consistent 8th notes all the way through
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