Magazine article Guitar Player

Triple-Stacking Scales and Riffs

Magazine article Guitar Player

Triple-Stacking Scales and Riffs

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If good things come in threes, then this lesson should do wonders for your fretboard chops. No longer will you be intimidated by expansive melodic runs that stretch from one end of the neck to the other. You'll realize how simple it is to seamlessly--and tastefully--make scales and riffs ascend or descend through three octaves.

Though you probably learned a basic, single-position major scale in your very first guitar lesson, you may be surprised to discover that three-octave scales that sprawl across 12 frets are easier to memorize than their more rudimentary cousins. This is because triple-octave scales repeat themselves every two strings. So if you learn the fingering for the first two strings, you've learned the fingering for all six.

The concept is simple, and Ex. 1 should make it clear with a three-octave G Mixolydian scale. First, we take all seven scale degrees and fit them on the lowest two strings (third position). …

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