Get sequencing now Once your technique is well on the way and your scales are memorized and well-practiced, it's time to begin applying creative patterns to the intervals of those scales. Scale sequencing in this way will instantly open you up to creative new ways of navigating not only the fretboard, but lead guitar itself!
What's in the ebook PDF? - Single string sequences for blazing hot horizontal scale shredding. - 2-string sequences for catchy looping patterns and for preparing to play larger sequences. - Full scale 2-notes-per-string pentatonic sequences. - Full scale 3-notes-per-string sequences. - Special and custom full scale sequences. - Mixed/blended sequences where we combine different sequences together.
The diminished scale is another very interesting scale. It's a neverending repeating pattern of whole tone, half tone, whole tone, half tone etc. For this reason there are only two main scale positions, as opposed to the 5 positions of the pentatonic scale or the 7 positions of the major scale. It also sounds terrifying in a heavy metal solo and is great for working all 4 fretting fingers as you will see. I will now take you through the 2 main scale positions, and then I will show you 3 of my favorite diagonal shapes.
Whole-Half Diminished Scale
Starting on the 7th fret, try out the Whole-Half diminished scale. It's called this because from the root note, in this case B, we play a whole step ahead (2 frets) followed by a half step (1 fret) after that. This pattern repeats endlessly.
Half-Whole Diminished Scale
This is the second position and therefore starts on the second note of the first scale shape, the C#. This is the same idea as before but flipped around so that we begin with the root note, followed by a half step, followed by a whole step, and so on.
Because of the repetitive nature of the diminished scale, you can arrange your fingerings into really interesting diagonal shapes like this. This one is exclusively the "Whole-Half" fingering.
This one is exactly the same as before except instead of using the "Whole-Half" fingering on the B (7th fret), we will be using the "Half-Whole" fingering on the C# (9th fret)
Wide 2-nps Custom Diagonal
Here is a custom, wide, diagonal position which is a favorite of mine. It begins on the B (7th fret), skips the whole step and the half step to land on the fourth note. I then shift this pattern up and across diagonally. Wow what a sound!
Be sure to bust out these evil scales next time you encounter a heavy open E riffing breakdown! Check out the video lesson below for the playthrough
Last time I showed you how a Cmaj7 arpeggio could be arranged into useful picking patterns. Now, staying in the key of C major/A minor, we will be moving on to the Amin7 arpeggio. The notes and intervals contained in the following two picking shapes make up the arpeggio:
A, C, E & G. R, m3, 5th & b7
A root, minor 3rd, 5th and flat 7 makes up a minor 7 chord/arpeggio.
Here's a bonus - because Dmin7 and Emin7 chords are both in the key of C major/A minor, you can play the exact same patterns for those arpeggios as well. This fact makes the arpeggio picking shapes extra useful.
Here is a descending run which I created by blending the Dmin7 and the Emin7 shapes together:
To hear these shapes in action (+ some bonus music theory) check out the video I made for this lesson:
Try something new and check out the Romanian scale! The Romanian scale is actually the 4th mode of the harmonic minor scale. It has a rich and exotic sound when played and features the following intervals: Root, 2nd, minor 3rd, sharp 4th, 5th, 6th and flat 7th.