Timing To make the most effective use of the guitar scale exercises in this series, use them in conjunction with the timing elements introduced in the timing move forward guitar eguide pdf. However, for any examples, I’ll be using the major scale. These exercises are great for warming up.

1 – Runs Scale runs are simply where you ascend up or descend down a scale pattern in repetitive, linear and staggered movements. Runs can also be played across wider patterns, but start with the box and 3-notes-per-string patterns and gradually expand to cover more of the fretboard. Try occassionally repeating sections of the run based on string pairings. Below are some more run patterns for you to try. Once you’ve learned the sequence, try starting the run pattern on each note of the scale. Exercise 10 You can also play longer, more elaborate runs. Exercise 11 This exercise is also designed for 3-notes-per-string scale patterns as you play two 3-note triplets on each string, ascending or descending through the scale pattern.

Exercise 13 How about interrupting these triplets a bit more with a further step back at the end of every 2nd triplet? This means when moving forward or back, we jump over a note or two, repeating the sequence up or down the scale pattern. A bit more challenging to negotiate, but stay disciplined with the metronome and there’s no reason why you can’t get up to a good speed with it for any scale you learn. 2nd note, step back and play the note we skipped and stagger downwards like that. Exercise 16 Things are going to get a little trickier now because the repetitions are more complex. Very difficult to explain in words, so here are the diagrams!

As you can probably tell by now, there are 1001 examples I could give you, but I think you have enough variation ideas from which to build your own run sequences. A lot of the sequences you build will be dictated by the fingering of your chosen scale pattern. As we’ve seen, some runs are more accessible using 3-note-per-string scale patterns, whereas others a better suited to narrower box patterns. Either way, when it comes to making your own exercises, or even a solo, you should try mixing different sequences – note skips, staggered repetitions, triplets and straight runs – as it will all go towards improving your speed, timing and finger dexterity. In the next part, we’ll look at more effective guitar scale exercises you can use to further develop your speed and timing. Have any questions, thoughts or ideas about this lesson? Let us know using the comments form below.

Not seeing a Scroll to Top Button? Go to our FAQ page for more info. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, learning jazz guitar can be fun, relatively easy at least to get started, and enjoyable in the woodshed. The 10 lessons in this guide do just that, break down complex jazz concepts into easy to understand and apply exercises that quickly get you sounding like jazz in the practice room. By focussing on the three key jazz guitar skills, you prepare yourself for jam sessions, gigs, or to jam along with your favorite backing tracks at home.

Over the course of these 10 chapters, these 3 fundamentals are broken down into easy to understand and apply practice routines. These fun exercises help you quickly apply these skills to the fretboard through musical and audio examples. By learning this material, you develop a strong skill set to build upon as you move forward with jazz guitar. How to Use These Beginner Jazz Guitar Lessons First thing to get out of the way is that you don’t have to work each chapter in order, from 1 to 10. The chapters are written in that order to lead you smoothly from one concept to the next, if you choose to follow them in order. It’s advised that you start on chapter 1 and move forward from there, especially if this is your first exposure to jazz guitar.

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