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

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Okay, we're gonna do some ideas now in
E connecting these major
scales up the neck.
And like I said before, what I'm doing
is just a guideline for this concept.
And I want you to really focus on seeing
these chord shapes and the scales.
But also, like I said in the last lesson,
feel free to experiment a little bit and
use your ear.
Obviously, the major
scale is something that's
very recognizable, and you'll know
immediately if you hit a wrong note.
And you get out of that scale,
you'll hear it immediately.
So with that being said,
kinda come up with some of your
own patterns with this stuff too.
I mean everything that I'm doing
is a great way to learn and
you're learning from me.
I'm teaching you these ideas and
concepts, but
even going back to the very
beginning of the curriculum,
if you hear something that you wanna do,
feel free to do it I mean it's music.
So, your ear is gonna be the end
all be all as far as the judge.
So if it sounds good to you, then do it,
I mean that's part of making music and
creating your own style as well.
Of course there are some rules,
but the major scale,
there's certain notes that make up that,
but feel free to experiment
with these positions as well.
So, we're gonna start with E, and
do a couple of ideas here in E.
We're gonna start on your middle octave E,
first finger, second fret,
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And we're gonna do two whole steps,
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This is a pretty big stretch, but
we're gonna do something
a little outside the box here.
And we're gonna start here and
do a whole step, and work our way
up the finger board,
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So there I played half of an octave,
I did this E,
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to this E, [SOUND].
I said half an octave,
that's not exactly right.
But what I mean is we
didn't go low E to high E,
we went from the middle E to the high E.
So, what I mean is we
played that full scale,
and we started in the middle.
We didn't go to the lower,
we started in the middle octave down here.
And we went all the way up the neck,
from the 2nd fret to the 12th fret,
we covered all that area with
just those notes of the scale.
So, starting on this E, and
the reason that that is cuz we're
doing some pretty big jumps here.
These whole steps right here, and I'll
show you the ones we did a minute ago.
That gets us up the neck pretty fast.
So when you're in a fast tempo like
a train beat or something like that,
these are the tricks that are gonna enable
you to really play fast up the neck.
And develop some speed and
be able to get from a position like this,
to this, to this, really fast.
So, all this stuff is leading up to
some really fun country guitar styles.
So, with that being said, one more time,
we'll just run through this.
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And you can see my little
finger sliding up to hit those.
So,
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so that's a great exercise for
connecting that scale.
And now we're gonna move on to C and
do a couple ideas,
and then we'll move on to the next lesson.
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