Altered Scale Ex 1 Our first example of altered scale playing consists of a 16thnote run, which primarily uses a three-notes-per-string shape (not on the second string). Remembering that you are playing the notes of Bb melodic minor might help you see the shape quicker. Take your time working out a good fingering and feel free GUITAR to stray from TECHNIQUES my use of legato 2 - this 2 9 could all be picked as well. Altered Scale Ex 2 For this V7alt – Im9 progression the high C note (#9), which continues into the descending arpeggio along the top three strings at the 6th fret, creates a classic jazz lick. You could sweep pick the three notes (Bb, F, C#), using your first finger to barre the 6th fret, sliding to the 5th fret then continuing down the scale to resolve on F (b3rd of Dm9).