Do This EVERY Day for PERFECT Picking and Fretting

If you want to perfect both your guitar picking and your fretting hand technique then you actually have to do a lot more than just learn your favorite riffs or strum a few campfire songs...

In this video, I’m going to show you how (even if you play certain technique drills), you still might have poor fretting and picking hand technique because of the isolation that is involved with most guitar drills and guitar technique exercises.

This lesson particularly focuses on three-note per string scales, and how to use them so that they can cover the entire fret-board in one key off of the 6th, 5th and 4th strings. The exercise will tone your fret-hand technique and develop your picking and fretting up to where they should be.

In this lesson I’m going to show you something that you can do every day that is going to (Guaranteed) help you improve your picking and your fretting along with help you improve your stretch across the fret-board, (which will mean better control for reaching wider distances to play notes that are outside of the common 4-fret position).

What this exercise comes down to is that it's all about using a drill based upon scale tones that incorporates the; 6th, 5th and 4th string layout of a “3-note per string” scale. And, it also means practicing in a way that covers the entire guitar neck.

Now, what’s really cool about this is that this exercise is easy to learn and once you begin building the technique from this scale, you’ll find that it generates fantastic control between your left and right hands.

Just before we get started I wanted to explain that we’re going to study an example of this exercise by creating a layout that covers three different fretting positions.

Our example will be using the notes of the key of “G.” Which means that our scale tones will all operate from out of the “G Major” scale. The principle of how this exercise works is really simple.

Step 1).
Planning the three starting notes
The first pattern run will begin on the scales naming note, (which in our case is “G”). And then, we’re going to proceed to the next string (5th string) using the scales 5th tone, (which is “D”).

In the last stage of scale planning, we’ll complete the run of scale tones by doing the last group of notes off of the scales 4th degree note, (which in our case is the note of “C”), basing it off of the guitars "4th-String."

Step 2).
Taking the scale layouts onto the guitar
Let's take this exercise to the neck and get organized on exactly how this works…

Example 1). The 6th-string root pattern (6th to 3rd).

fig. 1 - The 6th-string pattern layout

fig. 2 - TAB layout for the 6th-string pattern

Example 2). The next example works through our selected scale from off of the 5th string layout, starting from the keys 5th degree note of, “D.”

fig. 3 - The 5th-string pattern layout

fig. 4 - TAB layout for the 5th-string pattern


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Example 3). The final example works off of the keys fourth degree note of “C” This layout begins off of the 4th-string at the 10th fret in our example from the key of "G."

fig. 5 - The 4th-string pattern layout

fig. 6 - TAB layout for the 4th-string pattern

Before we wrap up, let’s re-cap exactly how this exercise works and how you can apply it throughout all of the musical keys on a daily basis until you fully develop your skills with it.

Start by taking into consideration what the; 1st, 4th and 5th scale degrees are of the key that you’ve selected. In our example, we used the key of “G” and the key of “G” has the “G” note as the first step, “D” is the 5th step and “C” is the keys fourth step.

Keep in mind that the step-wise position of each tone represents the string that you’ll use as the pattern layout’s start point. In the key of “G,” the root note of “G” is the 6th string, the 5th tone of “D” is on the 5th string. And, the “4th” of the key, (which is “C” in this case), is located on the 4th string.

Just so you fully understand this, let’s switch keys to the key of “C.” In the key of “C” the root of “C” would operate off of the 6th string. The key’s fifth (of “G”), would operate off of the 5th string. And, the key of “C” has “F” as it’s fourth, so that “F” note would be the note, starting from the fourth string.

Once you study this on your instrument for a few days through using a bunch of different keys, you’ll start to get the hang of it and it’ll become quite easy to do.



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