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

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Okay, we're gonna move on to C now and
do a couple more little exercises with
connect to the major scale up the neck.
And again just focus on visualizing,
that's the main thing with
these kind of fundamentals as far
as the chord shapes and the scales.
It's almost more important
to visualize the chords and
the scales that it is to be able
to play all of them perfectly.
And I know that sounds crazy, but
you never gonna play this full chord.
But to visualize it and see all the notes,
I mean, that's really gonna come
in handy as we start getting more
involved into some licks and
stuff like that further on into
the intermediate and advanced curriculum.
So with that being said, let's go to C.
And let's just work on,
let's try to start low and
go as far as we can down the finger
board with just playing the major scale.
So let's start on the low C.
And we'll start with our first finger,
cuz that gives us this position here and
any time you slide up
with your first finger.
If you can slide up the whole step,
that gives you four more frets that you're
covering, to be able to cover what
these fingers, so let's start here.
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So we ended on G,
but that's the C
major scale.
And we've gone all the way up to
the 14th fret with the major scale,
and just by linking it together.
So we're doing a whole step,
whole step, slide up to the next note.
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Whole step,
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half step, whole step, half step,
whole step, slide with the little finger.
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Whole step slide with the little finger.
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So we've gone from this position,
that position, that position,
and that position.
We've covered all that with just
linking that scale together like that.
So that is gonna really,
if you practice that and look and
really link these together.
Use all the chord shapes,
that's gonna really be a great
fundamental to have under your belt.
To where when we start doing
some more complex licks and
stuff, really a great way to
map out the finger board.
So again, just visualize,
that's the main thing.
You gotta visualize these shapes to
where without my hands on the guitar,
I can look down here and go, okay, C.
I see my home base is there, there, there.
You gotta be able to visualize it,
which is a huge thing.
That I tell everybody that I come
into contact with and teach, and
talk about guitar,
it's a huge, huge fundamental.
So okay, we're gonna move it along now.
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