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More Positions of The Major Scale

Pos. 2. Starts on the 3rd not of the scale (E) on the 6th string. It's a closed position = only 4 fret stretch. Good position for melodic playing.

Pos 3. Starts on the 5th note of the scale (G) on 6th string. Stretchy open position. Moves through 3 octaves.

Pos 4. Starts on the 7th note of the scale (B) on 6th string. Another closed position. On the second string the 4th note (F) is repeated for symmetry. You can skip that note if you like. On occasion we repeat notes like that to make some runs easier. And practicing the scale is easier with 3 notes per string.

Middle Positions. If the first 4 positions are new stick with those for a while. That is plenty as they cover the whole fretboard. When you are ready the next step is the middle positions. I call them that because they fall in between the main positions. They become even more useful when learning modes.

So we started the scale with our first finger on each chord tone, C/1, E/3, G/4. B/7.
Now we need to start the scale on the remaining 3 tension notes - D/2, F/4, A/6

The first one starts on the D/2 and has one repeated note - A/6 on the 14th fret, 3rd string and 10th fret 2nd string. This position lies between the 1st and 2nd pos.

Next we start on the F/4. I'll drop an octave - instead of starting on 13th fr. we'll go down to 1st fret. The C/1 repeats on the 3rd str. 5th fr. and 2nd str. 1st fr.

Finally the last pos. starts on the A/6.

Next I'll show you my 2 vertical positions using bits of different positions and my 2 string version good for fast picking. The verticals are good for moving across the fretboard. The pattern I use to play those position shifts for those are in the tab. Easy once you get used to it. All alternate picking for now.

For my 2 string version, start with an upstroke and use all alternate picking. You can apply this to the 6/5th str, 5/4th str, 4/3rd str and 1/2nd str like shown. The 3/2nd string combination is awful. Figure it out if you like. Bleh.

This maps out the major scale pretty well. But there is more! First let me point out there are no rules to switching positions. The idea is just to get the notes in your head played on the guitar. If you hear the melody - C, E, F, G or Root, 3, 4, 5 (1st few notes to When the saints Go Marching In among MANY other things) you can play those notes in quite a few places on the neck. Eventually you will be able to pull them out of any position quickly. Different strings can play the same notes as other strings but the tone is always different. See how many ways you can play those notes in different positions, different octaves, on one string...

If this is all new stick with the 4 main positions. When you are comfortable with the Key of C move to another key.
The next lesson is to get this down in all 12 keys.

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