G Major Scale with Triplet Runs

In this lesson, Charlie will show us the G Major scale, and how to play triplet runs up and down the scale.

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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Hi there, guitar players. We're going to have a look at a G Major Scale on the second position. What we are also going to do is a little technique exercise. We are going to ascend with what we call a triplet run based on that G Major scale. So let's get right down to it.

We start off with our second finger on the third fret on the E string, playing a G note. Simply play G. Fourth finger goes onto the fifth fret also on the E string which is my A note. First finger on the B note of the A string, C note second finger, fourth finger plays the D. E, F# being that we are in the key of G, and then finally my octave G.

A on the second fret with my first finger of the G string. B note, third finger also on the G string, fourth finger plays the C.

Second finger down on the third fret of the B string for the D, fourth finger on the fifth fret of the B string for the E note. F# first finger on the second fret of the E string, G which is my second octave, second finger on the third fret of the E string. Now technically that is the G Major scale, but we are just going to add our final note which is an A note on the fifth fret with our fourth finger.

Slowly through the scale ... and you can also descend...

Now we're going to be playing this in triplets. For those of you who don't know what triplets are it's basically three notes over one beat. So if I give you a little tempo... I'd be playing '1 & a - 2 & a - 3 & a - 4 & a - 1 & a - 2 & a - 3 & a - 4 & a' that being the triplet ...

Now, for the sake of this exercise, I am going to add an F# note, which wasn't on our original scale, so we're going to play: G, back one to F#, then back to G. So the triplet feel for that would be '1 & a'...'1 & a'...

I then go to my A note, one note higher: A, G, A. Always going one up and one back: G, F#, G, A, G, A.

Then I go to a B note: B, A, B,...C,B,C,... D,C,D,...

If I continue basically with that format, I can work my way right through the scale ...

Let's have a little look at what my right hand is doing with the alternative picking. Ok, so we're starting off with the G, a downstroke, go to the F#, upstroke, back to the G downstroke, A upstroke, G downstroke, A upstroke, B downstroke, A upstroke, B downstroke, and basically just work through that scale using that alternate picking. First triplet, second triplet, etc...

We just click on a bit of overdrive and have a rip through the scale...

Well, that's our little technique exercise. G Major scale using triplets that you should find pretty helpful for increasing your speed, improving your technique, and you will find triplet runs very useful to use when you are improvising, so have fun with it guys and enjoy the practice.

 

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