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Major Scale Patterns: Lesson 4


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Careful, deliberate repetition is the crucial step in developing speed. In this lesson I offer advice on how to practice these patterns to make the most of them.

Remember to slowly increase speed. Gradually go faster and faster. I suggest to students to go as fast as you can but still keep the notes evenly spaced in time. In order to do this, use a metronome. That way you can get an objective measurement of exactly how fast you can play in order to benchmark and keep track of your progress. If you start to get uneven spacing, SLOW DOWN. You have nothing but time to practice getting faster gradually!

In this lesson I show the alternate picking technique required to accomplish the exercise. Take your time with it and make sure you have each note picked cleanly & clearly. If it doesn't sound good slow, it will never sound good faster!

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