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Exercises 02: Practicing Scales

Carlos Eduardo Seo (900) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 60
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Practicing scales is an important step in your quest for speed and accuracy. In my theory lesson about diatonic scales I mentioned this topic and now it's time to cover it. First of all, choose a scale and a pattern to begin your practice session. I'll choose the A major scale and the pattern that begins on the 5th fret of low E string to begin with.

A major


Now, get a metronome and set it to 60 bpm (if you are a more advanced player, you can start on faster tempos). First, pick the choosen pattern and play one note per beat. We'll first use alternate picking, starting first with a downstroke. After practicing this a while, play it again, starting with an upstroke. This exercise may sound dumb, but it's important to start at a slow tempo because we'll be practicing up to 8 notes per beat and that's quite fast even at 60 bpm (it's 8 notes per second at this tempo). Use the index, middle and pinky fingers for this exercise.

Exercises 02: Practicing Scales