G Major Scale 3 Notes Per String

In this lesson, Charlie will show how to use the G Major scale in a very versatile way. It is a great scale for improvisation as well as to exercise the stretch on the left hand.

The right hand will play with an alternate picking motion. The position of the fingers on the left hand is represented in the diagram below, and underneath the corresponding notes played in the scale.

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In this lesson, I'm going to look at a G Major scale. We're going to be playing three notes per string. Quite a bit of a stretch on the E and the A string, so it's a good little finger exercise as well as another way of being able to play our G Major scale spreading over a little bit more of the neck. So, let's take a look at it.

Ok, so we starting with our first finger on the third fret of the E string, and we're playing the notes G, A, B. Notice how I'm using 1, 3 and then stretching 4.

Moving down a string, the same pattern 1, 3, 4. So I now have the notes G, A, B, C, D, E.

Move up a fret, playing my F# with my first finger on the D string, I go 1, 2 and 4. Follow that pattern 1, 2, 4. I'm playing the notes F#, G, A, B, C, D.

Shift up onto the fifth fret of the B string with my first finger, and I play the notes E, F# again, 1, 3, and 4, and 1, 3, 4 on the E string ...

Descending ...

Whenever I am working through scale shapes, I always find it good to work with my metronome. Just make sure you are holding your tempo. Don't set your tempo too fast. Basically, what you want to do is to make sure that every note is nice and clean and that you're making every note in time. So, we'll put the metronome and set it on around about 80 at the moment. It might be a little bit fast for you to start with but hopefully you can work towards this and perhaps even a higher speed. We'll set it on 80 and will play in a quaver feel.

So, we trigger off our metronome, and we are going to be playing in a quaver feel. So we're going to be playing 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Here we go ...

Taking a look at our right hand, we're using our alternate picking ...

Now, I wouldn't suggest that you start off on 80 on the metronome. You may have to pull it back to half that speed and gradually work your way through once you've actually learnt the scale shape but a metronome it's a great way to work on your technique, and make sure that your tempo is nice and even.

Now, our major scale is a scale that we use when we improvise so I would suggest that you don't just play the scale ascending and descending. Sort of stop half way through the scale or go half way through the scale ascending and then work your way back, so basically play it fairly freely once you get used to the scale shape. So I get my metronome going again, around 80, that's where I am comfortable ...

The three notes G string scale is a scale that I personally use a lot when I'm improvising so it's also a great scale to work that fourth finger on the stretch. Good luck with it, be patient, gradually build up your speed. It's not something that you can rush. It will take a little bit of time before it starts to get to the tempo that you want it to get to, but work hard on it, have fun and we'll see you next time.

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