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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Major Scales - Up the Neck

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show you the same idea in, out of the C
scale now.
The basic simple review with the notes of
the C scale are C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
So starting open,
all strings open, working away up to, to
and around the 12th fret.
And we'll start like this.
Open E, F, G, and again keeping in our
fret idea we're gonna shift now to A.
To the B.
And with a goal trying to get the pinkie
to the 12th fret down here,
I'm going to shift again.
And because we are closer together,
it makes that access a little bit easier,
that is a little bit of a different sort
of a thing on the low E.
Shift, shift.
What we mainly wanna do is sort of
avoid too, too many.
Especially down here on these low strings.
Too many kind of hard, hard shifts.
The point, the point of smooth transitions
is to maintain solid access and
solid technique of left hand and where, so
it should look, look fairly efficient.
And feel as efficient as possible.
So we're kinda customizing these shifts
for what is gonna be you know,
the main idea of this kinda lesson and,
and these kind of things are to, you know,
to build familiarity with the notes on the
And again, if you want to name them as you
work your way up it, you know,
adds another element of, of what's kind of
getting ingrained at this point.
So once again from the low E.
If you notice as I shift, my, the left
hand basically, you know,
from a frontal view kind of moves
naturally up the neck.
So that, that's what we're really trying
to work for here.
Starting from the A string.
open A to B.
That gets us to D and
then we'll shift again.
We're gonna, like we did on the other one,
we'll throw our pinky up two frets.
Which gets us into this position here,
which is, which is a good one to be in
for, for flatpicking.
And open D.
G, A, B, C then slide it up with D.
So we've got shift transitions and then
sliding into transitions.
Open G.
Second fret B, C.
Now shift.
D, E, F and another slide.
You know cuz of this, when we get to this
basic position.
That's, that's a good thing.
G again.
D, E,
F, G, then from open B.
so now we are back in first position, so
it is going to lead to yet
another shift, kinda like we noticed in
this particular scale, on the low E.
Open B, C, D, and you know E-flat,
D-sharp is not part of the C scale so E is
the next note.
B, C, D, E shift there E, F,
G shift into the A.
And because we're up here now, we're gonna
go all the way up to C.
From the B to the C.
That whole string.
That's how that looks and from the open E.
Similar kind of thing.
Because we're working at a C we have,
we can still use our pinky, so we're going
It gets us from open to the, to this
basically this, this, this you know from
the end of the neck here at the the.
Where the neck meets the body of the
guitar is kind of where we're working to.
And, and being able to keep a solid left
hand technique all the way up.
We don't want, I mean at this point there
are notes up here we could get if we, if,
you know, but that's a fairly advanced
What we're working on is,
is smooth transitions from open to the
body basically.
So one more time on the open E.
D, E, F.
I'm gonna show this exercise out of the
C-major scaled up in the,
up the neck at 65 beats a minute.
Gonna slow it down a little bit.
Some of the shifts in this are a little
you know, a little odd.
And so the goal here is to,
is to really build the technique that's
based on these smooth transitions.
And so I'm gonna show you this is at 65
encourage you to find a metronome setting
that again just encourages loose, you
know, good posture loose, loose shoulders
a good starting approach to the guitar.
So at 65 beats a minute here we go.
All right.
there's that exercise at 65 beats a
And its a challenging thing, and so but
there's a lot,
lot to sort of work on within that.
Just take your time, work through those.
We got one more to show you.