Guitar Scale Patterns Every Player Needs to Know for Fast and Easy Shredding

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If you’re bored by using the same old guitar scale patterns, this video from David Wallimann will show you how to create new melodic lines by combining three-note-per-string shapes.

As David explains, the technique involves creating a narrow scale shape using three notes per string. This makes it easy to visualize the scale shape within the chord over which you’re playing. And despite the fact that the shapes are narrow, you still have the ability to play them fast because you’re using three notes per string.

Sounds like the best of all worlds to us.

“As far as guitar patterns, there’s really two main train of thoughts,” David says. “There’s the three-note-per-string patterns, which facilitate the faster playing, the mechanical playing. And then there’s the narrower patterns, like the standard pentatonic patterns that use a narrower area of the fretboard. Those facilitate, usually, more melodic playing because you can focus on intervals, you can visualize those intervals within your pattern, and you can see the chords within that.

“Today we’re going to try to blend both worlds together. We’re going to take the cool, flashy type playing of the three-note-per-string patterns and apply that to narrower areas of the fretboard.”

Take a look. David explains all. Best of all, there’s tab right in the video.

Be sure to check out more of David’s excellent tutorials on his YouTube channel.

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