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

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Okay friends,
we're back.
We're gonna do connecting
the major scales up the neck.
We're gonna do some exercises in A.
So, a similar concept we did in G,
we're just looking at the chord shapes,
and we're looking at
visualizing these big time.
Linking them up, and
we're focused on using this first
finger to slide into the next position.
So when I'm in A.
I'm thinking about the chord shapes
of course, and the major scales.
But I'm thinking okay,
where am I gonna move up the fingerboard?
So if I'm playing my closed
position A scale here.
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Well, right there,
I can slide up [SOUND]
with my little finger.
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So instead of going there and
keeping this right here, I'm sliding up.
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So when I'm going up the finger board,
I'm using my little finger to
slide to change positions.
[SOUND] And then when I'm going down,
I'm using my first finger
to slide down on the note.
Or it doesn't have to be a slide,
but I'm usually sliding to change
hand position to get okay,
right here we're covering four frets.
If you slide this down, you're covering
those four, down a whole step,
covering more.
So it's about that slide
that's changing positions, and
that's gonna help out a lot with
mapping out the fingerboard.
It's also gonna help out a lot when we
get into playing some faster tempos, and
we really start linking
this stuff together.
And utilizing these
fundamentals to play music,
rather than just,
these are building blocks,
that we're gonna build this
amazing country music,
our country guitar style with, so.
But that being said, I'm not gonna
talk much more about those concepts.
I'm just gonna start showing you.
So like I just did there, instead of
keeping this right in this motion of down,
we're gonna use this technique
to work up the neck.
So,
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I'm sliding up there,
instead of hitting there.
Because these notes are unison.
So that gets me into the next position.
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And
even a little
slide like that,
just from the four
to the three.
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So.
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You can see
how I'm linking
those scales
together.
And the same we did with G.
[SOUND] We'll do here.
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That's another little
exercise to link together.
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So
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right there,
I slid down.
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Sorry.
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So you can see,
I'm just taking these chord shapes.
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And linking those scales together.
And that's a great exercise especially for
playing more linearly up and
down the neck versus just
vertically like this.
So, we're gonna move on to another key and
show you some things there.
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