EXAMPLE6 THREE- AND FOUR-NOTES-PER-STRING SCALES
[Part 6a] Let’s dismiss a couple of misconceptions right away. The first is that you must start on either the higher or lower of the root notes; you can begin anywhere you like! The second is that you must play each and every note in the order you find them and in the same direction; this is a complete non-starter, with some players such as Allan Holdsworth and John Scofield attempting to avoid any more than four consecutive notes going in the same direction before switching to something else. I’d much prefer to see a scale fingering as a ‘note pool’, meaning that I can dip in anywhere I like, in any intervallic permutation, and even bring in some of the notes from outside the scale at any point while always staying in control. When dealing with a melodic concept such as this you may wish to eliminate any rhythmic variables by playing an unbroken series of 8th or 16th notes, as you see here.