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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Connecting Major Scales Up the Neck - Key of G

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Okay friends, we're back here
with the intermediate country guitar.
Now we're gonna get into, we've looked
at major chord shapes up the neck.
And we've done some scales around
those also in each position.
So what we're gonna do now, is we're
gonna look at some intermediate level,
kind of connecting these
major scales up the neck.
So, this is also a great fundamental.
And we'll elaborate more on this
in the advanced segment as well.
But what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna take G and
we're gonna keep in mind that we're
visualizing all these shapes.
That's the main thing.
We're linking these together,
we're using the chords as reference and
the scales around them that
we've covered already.
And what we're going to do is,
we're just we're gonna work at
linking these scales together.
So I'll show you what I'm talking about.
So in this closed position of the G
bar chord that we've gone over.
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Here's your major scale.
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We've covered these
in this vertical style.
We're going from the low G octave
to the middle, to the high.
We're covering this chord in this scale,
in this fashion of going
vertical down the neck like this,
in all these chord positions.
So what we're gonna do now is we're gonna
look at this in a little
bit of a different way.
And we're gonna look at this in a little
more horizontal way, with connecting these
scales via the chord shapes that we've
gone over in the previous lessons.
What I want to do now is show
you how I'm approaching this.
And one of the good things is, in addition
to mapping out the fingerboard and
knowing the scales in this
fashion of going up the neck.
This also is a great exercise in
changing your finger position.
In getting to where you can work up the
neck via some slides and things like that.
So, I'm gonna show you how, this is
the basic version of getting from here,
from this second position bar chord, up
into your third and fourth position here.
So I'm gonna do that right now,
I'm just gonna play the scale.
And I'm gonna show you how I'm sliding
to a different position to do this.
So here's G.
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And what I
did was I came back
down differently,
then I went up.
But I was doing that to just show you
how you can manipulate these positions.
The fact that some of these notes.
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Like that E note.
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Is the same there and it is there.
[MUSIC]
That repeats itself up and
down the fingerboard.
So, with that being said,
you can shift into these different
positions to where I might hit E here
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Or I could go.
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And then I'm getting this same note,
but I'm moving down the finger board, so.
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So right there, that's a great exercise,
so, going down.
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Instead of hitting that E note right there
and staying in this position,
I'm moving down the neck,
so let's try that one more time.
I'll do it really slow so
you can see how this works.
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So
I'm sliding
down.
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Up, up.
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So the first
finger is moving down
to shift positions.
So once I do that,
then I'm accessing this other part of
the finger board with these three fingers.
So any time I slide up, so
if I'm on E and I slide up
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Then I'm getting the note that
I'm wanting.
[SOUND] And
I'm just using this as an example.
I'm sliding up, and
I'm moving these three fingers up to this.
I'm covering this whole new
part of the finger board.
So let's try that one more time.
[MUSIC]
And there I did it
a little differently,
but watch what I'm
doing when I slide up.
I'm letting my fingers access
a whole new part of the finger board.
[MUSIC]
So that's how we do that,
that's the simple exercise
with that we're moving one,
two and into the third position here.
Well, actually, with this being open,
one, two, three, four, fourth position.
[MUSIC]
So and this works from this position on,
too, as well.
So just focus on looking at
the chord shapes, the scale, and
how these link together.
So once you have covered the open scale,
the closed position,
these other positions that I showed you in
the past, you can really start
seeing how these link together.
And you can even do exercises
where we're going to go over.
We went over the triads that map out these
chords, so you can these things where
you're going, these exercises where you're
working the scales up on just two notes,
two strings.
So, let's start here.
[MUSIC]
You
just play
with it.
And nothing that I'm doing is in stone,
you don't have to do it
exactly like I'm doing it.
It's the scale, so
once you get that in your head,
you can manipulate this anyway you want.
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There's an exercise
I do that goes like this.
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And that's playing the scale on two
strings, which is kinda what
I meant to do a second ago.
But this is starting on,
you're kind of going back and forth
[MUSIC]
and you're playing this scale
on just the G and D string.
You're starting on G
[MUSIC]
sliding up to A
[MUSIC]
that's a great exercise.
And that really gets you
working up the neck.
You can use that
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you don't have to play
that like that right now.
I'm just showing you how playing
that scale like that can really get
you working all the way up the neck.
So connecting these scales or
even starting down here,
like on your high G,
starting here on this very high G note.
Start here and work your way down
with these different chord shapes and
positions.
[MUSIC]
So start at the high G and
work your way all the way down
to where the last note of your
scale is hitting on the low G.
So
[MUSIC]
so I'm just connecting
these scales with all these
different chord forms.
You can start
here
[MUSIC].
So I'm just connecting
there anywhere I can and
I'm not sticking to really
any certain position.
I'm not position but any certain pattern.
I'm just connecting these and
I'm using my ear and
visualizing and really focusing on,
it's the scale.
We all know that,
we've got that in our head
[MUSIC]
it's a major scale.
So if you feel like you're getting lost,
just reference the chord position,
chord shape, and
the note's gonna be in that.
So, you know
like I said again
start low
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and end.
Start low, go up high.
Start high and go down low.
And just connect those scales.
By sliding your first finger down each
time like what we are doing here.
[MUSIC]
So instead of going
[MUSIC],
we're hitting the unison note
[MUSIC].
So we're sliding down
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So instead of,
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sorry
[MUSIC].
So instead of doing that,
[MUSIC]
we're going
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So instead of landing right there,
we're already all this way down the neck.
So
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so sliding that first finger
takes this whole part of
your hand down to cover that
part of the finger board.
So that's the basic version of how
to link those scales together.
Now what I'm going to do is I'm going
to show you a few of these exercises in
different keys and we're going to
blow through this pretty fast.
We're not going to take as much time as
we did on the G chord because I'm showing
you how that concept works.
But like I said earlier in the previous
lesson you know feel free to
reference all of the tablature and
PDF files and
everything that's gonna
accompany these lessons as well.
So moving along to what I think we're
gonna do is we're gonna do A now and
do a couple of those, so, alright.
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