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The minor scale & modes get a lot of attention by most rock guitar shredders. Remember to practice, learn to use and incorporate the major scale, too, in your shredding. Minor scales are frequently used when trying to express "sad", "dramatic", "determined", "serious" thoughts & emotions in music. But major scales are invaluable when we want to express "happy", "triumphant", "heroic", "bold" thoughts & emotions. When making music these are simply two different sets of tools. Make sure you are able to use both!

Now we'll play the same exercise but with the A major scale playing position of 3 notes down, then switch to the lower position again giving us 4 notes per pattern. We play each note 4 times, again giving us a full measure of 1/16th notes.

Again start with connecting each adjacent pattern, then work toward connecting all of them down to cover a complete octave. So, play groups of 3 note patterns, then shift down for the 4th note. Then start at the next note down and repeat the process by playing down the scale three notes and shift again. This results in a descending pattern of 4 notes. Finally work your way down to the G-sharp and end on the A an octave lower than where you started. Next work your way back up the scale one position at a time until you arrive an octave higher where we started.

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Speedy Ideas Series 1: Building Speed