Scale sequences are melodic ideas that you repeat on each note
of a scale. I’ve talked about these before…
One very common one is called “1-2-3-4”, just going straight up (or straight down)
a scale , 4 notes at a time, then starting on the next note. It works particularly well
descending down the pentatonic scale using the 3-note-per-string patterns.
Here’s an interesting variation on that idea…basically its going down the
scale 5 notes and back up one like “1-2-3-4-5-4”, but when it repeats
we just jump to the next string, so it’s actually starting the next
pattern 2 notes down instead of just 1 note.
I guess you could call it a “skipped sequence” or something like that.
Anyway, forget the analysis, just check out the lick.
I’m starting on an upstroke using alternate picking. On the high E, and B strings I use the
first finger, ring finger and pinky, and on the A,D, and G string I use the first finger, middle finger, and pinky.
I didn’t really have time to practice this lick, I just figured it out just now:)
See if you can play it faster and cleaner than me !
For extra credit, try to take this idea and play ascending as well as descending
and on other scales such as the major scale or harmonic minor. Rock on…
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