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4 Note Per String Scales

Obee Obier (4521) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

4Finger Scales

Sometimes useful, sometimes not.
To use the 4 Note per string scales by using 4 fingers you've got to increase your span. The limitation of this fret board view is that there's just one real major scale you can play with the range of 4 octaves from the root. But by using Modes you open doors to step inside these 4 Finger Scales. So you have 7 Modes from the E or from the other point of view: 7 major scales. E-Ionian(E-major), E-dorian(D-major), E-Phrygian(C-major), E-lydian(B-major), E-mixolydian(A-major),E-aeolian(G-major), E-locrian(F-major.That means from 12keys there are missing 5 Keys. These 5 Modes started from the note F on the 1. Fret on E-String, but not within 4 octaves, except you bend up to the top note.F-Locrian(Gb-major),F-Aeolian(Ab-major), F-Mixolydian(Bb-major), F-phrygian(Db-major), F-Dorian(Eb-major)

To use the 4 Note per string scales by using 4 fingers you've got to increase your span. The thumb should touch the neck in the middle. Between the 1. and 4. fingertip you should build an imaginary line. Touch the string without any pressure first. Only three parts of your grip-hand should have contact with your neck. The fingertips of the 1. and 4. finger and the thumb. Make sure that your fingers are at the nearest position as possible to the frets (minimal before). Bring the 2. and the 3. finger in place. Now release the fingers just a touch from the string and hit the open String, grip the 1. finger and hit the second note. Use the minimum of pressure of whats needed. Let follow the other fingers. After the 5. note from the scale griped with the 4. Finger is the first position shift. Move your hand without changing the basic posture of the hand. The 1. finger should move as a point of orientation. Focus the 1. finger and give a little pressure on it in the same moment you reaching the next position on the next string.Bring the 2. and 3. finger to they new position. The position change has to be quick as possible but slow as needed to sound clear.
E-scales for 24 frets.

Use four fingers on each String . On the high e string a position shift is included by using four fingers 2 times.


E-dorian (D-maj

E-Phrygian (C-major)

E-Lydian (B-major)

E-Mixolydian (A-major)

E-Aeolian (G-major)

E-Locrian (F-major)