"major" Scale Excercises, **Intermediates**
Sep 15 2008, 01:53 PM
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Scale Exercises

This is exactly the same lesson as for the beginners exercises, the challenge is purely to play it all faster, as an intermediate player I like to find as many of these kind of exercises as possible, I find they help me mainly with my timing, but also with picking techniques.
They help keep your fingers in shape and you still need to concentrate on various aspects of your playing.

This originally was going to be just one lesson and one post aimed at the beginner, however, the original 220BPM video`s may have made the exercises seem a little too difficult for the beginner which is why I decided to split this lesson into two, and aim one purely at beginners and one at intermediates

I`ll not waffle too much and get straight into the exercises

Exercise 1

One scale pattern ascending and descending, starting in the Key of C

The key progression is as follow C, D, E, F, D, E, C

Tabs are not really required, if you follow the patterns it is straightforward enough

Played at 220BPM, sounds fast, but its not too bad once you get into it, you may want to loop the backing to double the length of the exercise

Here I`m playing just the C scale for demo purposes.

Backing track at 220BPM:  Major_workout_audio_main_backing_220bpm.mp3 ( 755.44K ) Number of downloads: 424

Exercise 2

Same backing track as exercise

Using the pattern in excercise 1 for ascending run then this pattern

For the descending run, I tend to use this exercise for alternate picking and legato and turning it into a three note per string exercise.

Exercise 3 (the reverse)

Same pattern shapes as exercise 2 but reversed, so we are now ascending with the three note per string pattern and descending with exercise ones pattern.

Same backing speed as first two exercises.

Exercise 4

Using the three note per string patterns for ascending and descending runs, probably the most interesting excerise out of the four, I like this exercise a lot and probably the one I use the most.

Various Backing track speeds

I hope these will be of some use to you, they are something to play when your looking for finger exercises

Chris

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Sep 15 2008, 08:19 PM
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Great Excercies mate, very usefull

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Sep 15 2008, 09:23 PM
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Great lesson Smells, thanks for putting it up together and sharing the knowledge.

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Top notch lesson Smells!

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Sep 16 2008, 04:03 AM
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Awesome... you made something that is usually boring to do alot of fun... thanks, im gonna work on this everynight

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These are also some good pinky building exercises... im finding that after awhile of doing these my pinky is sore, which is good cause its building it up

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Sep 18 2008, 09:31 AM
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QUOTE (Outlaw2112 @ Sep 18 2008, 12:56 AM)
These are also some good pinky building exercises... im finding that after awhile of doing these my pinky is sore, which is good cause its building it up

yes your right, good for pinky

I`m working on a pinky exercise at the moment tis a killer, just ask my pinky!

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Sep 18 2008, 09:37 AM
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Great lesson Smells

I'll start with the lesson for beginners though, as I need to practice stuff like this

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Super stuff... thanks Smells and for Outlaw giving me the link to the thread (lazy me!).
This is exactly what I need... You are quickly becoming my PT, not as in Personal Trainer but more
like Pinky Trainer... waaahahahaha.

I will do this every day before hitting bed!

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Nice lesson, gonna work on it tonight right away

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QUOTE (Antipolitik @ Sep 24 2008, 03:05 AM)
Super stuff... thanks Smells and for Outlaw giving me the link to the thread (lazy me!).
This is exactly what I need... You are quickly becoming my PT, not as in Personal Trainer but more
like Pinky Trainer... waaahahahaha.

I will do this every day before hitting bed!

I`m working on a pinky lesson atm as it happens, trouble is I`m having to do a lot of work on it myself coz its KILLING mine

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Great!

I like the first picture, I mean, example in the first picture. Yes it is simple, but I believe that scales should be played and practiced in one position as much as possible. Leaves better space for improvisation, and arpeggios are most accessible.
Of course. playing in 3-notes-per-string manner shouldn't be dismissed.

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hi Chris...watch out ...!!! If I don't make mistakes the video for exercise 2 and 3 is the same, so there's a video for one exercise missing... Cheers..!!

QUOTE (COSIMO76 @ May 31 2012, 03:26 PM)
hi Chris...watch out ...!!! If I don't make mistakes the video for exercise 2 and 3 is the same, so there's a video for one exercise missing... Cheers..!!

...oh no... here it is...I found it!!!! Sorry!!

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