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Lesson 100: Playing Up and Down One String

Playing Up and Down One String

Playing up and down one string is something you should practice a lot. Position playing is important but don't let yourself get stuck with position playing as your only approach to playing the guitar.

Practice

  • scales up and down one string
  • tunes on a single string
  • improvising on a single string

Some Exercises to Be Played on One String

Being able to stay on one string is important. Let's use the A minor pentatonic scale as tone material.

Here's an exercise to be played up and down on one string. Play on every string, one at a time:

Here's another exercise to be played up and down on one string. Play on every string, one at a time:

Some Exercises on Changing Positions

Being able to change positions smoothly is also very important.

The circled numbers indicate the string to be used. The slurs indicate glides = glissandi with the same finger.

Playing Up and Down the Neck Using Two Or More Strings

Even when using several strings it is useful to be able to play along rather than across the neck. One of the nicest things with the guitar is that the same fingering pattern can be used if you change position. This is very useful for sequencing a motif/ pattern up or down. Check out the following II-V-I licks and you'll se what I mean - play by moving the very same fingering pattern up and down the neck:




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