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CJNE
post Dec 2 2006, 10:41 PM
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When you play for instance the first pentatonic box up and down to a metronome, do you play the last note once or twice (for A minor this would be fret 8 on thin E)?
I started to play it twice in order to keep in sync with the beeps when i began practicing to a metronome but before that i didn't.

I guess it doesn't matter so much either way but i got curious how others did it...
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RIP Dime
post Dec 3 2006, 12:29 AM
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When I started I did this:
Am Pentatonic

e-------------------------5-8-------------------------------------
B--------------------5-8------8-5-----------------------------------
G---------------5-7----------------7-5------------------------------
D----------5-7--------------------------7-5--------------------------
A-----5-7------------------------------------7-5---------------------
E-5-8---------------------------------------------8-5----------------

But I suggest you go up one box, down the next repeat... It forces you to "think outside the box", or think outside of one position.
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e--------------------------5-8-10-8---------------------------------------
B---------------------5-8------------10-8---------------------------------
G----------------5-7-----------------------9-7---------------------------
D-----------5-7---------------------------------10-7----------------------
A------5-7---------------------------------------------10-7---------------
E-5-8---------------------------------------------------------10-8---------


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post Dec 3 2006, 09:58 AM
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Thanks for the tip RIP Dime, i'll try that smile.gif.
It's very easy to get stuck in the box, especially if you (like me) up until just recently only knew about one tongue.gif.
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post Dec 3 2006, 08:35 PM
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Looks like some good guitar exercises! smile.gif


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Josbourne
post Dec 9 2006, 12:08 AM
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Yah, I recognise this from when I started scales. Picking that last note twice gives your mind the time to focus on going back (down) on the scale. I don't think it really matters, since when you're improvising you're doing what you want anyway.

Still though, it woud be a good exercise to do it without that second stroke. While you're at it, try stressing other notes (3rd, 5th etc.) so you can remember the feel of them, giving your improvisations more flavour...

(oh btw... stressing other notes than root is what I do to get to know the names of the notes on the fretboard)

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