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Getting Fast - Part 1 (Start With Your Scales)

by Mike Lindyn
www.GuitarKnowledgenet.com ©2004

The best way to start to "Getting Fast" is to play scales. The best scales to start with are the modes of the Major scale. Below you will find the way I practice the modes of the Major Scale. These are not the only way to play these modes but for the less advanced players these are the fingerings I would recommend. Some of the fingerings presented here use box form fingerings, while others use three-notes-per-string fingerings.

I have selected the key of G Major / E Minor to use as an example (just like most of the other example of this site). When you are starting to learn these for the first time start with the Ionian, Phrygian, and Aeolian forms first. Once you have these three scales down you can move on to the other patterns.

I have included two audio examples for each of these fingerings, one is somewhat slow and the other is fast (both are clean). Play each scale 10 times each without stopping. (Try and practice these until they are as fast as the examples I've added.) In the lesson zone there is a lesson about different ways to play a scale, once you have all these patterns down go to that lesson and see if you can apply those fingerings to these scale patterns.

Good Luck....

1) G Ionian (The Major Scale)

Listen To Example


2) A Dorian

Listen To Example


3) B Phrygian

Listen To Example


4) C Lydian

Listen To Example


5) D Mixolydian

Listen To Example


6) E Aeolian (The Natural Minor Scale)

Listen To Example


7) F# Locrian

Listen To Example


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