Tech­nique Fo­cus

Play­ing the flat 5

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | THE BLUES SCALE -

The flat­tened 5th doesn’t al­ways lie com­fort­ably un­der the fin­gers, so you should ex­per­i­ment with fin­ger­ings that are less ob­vi­ous; th­ese can lead to new dis­cov­er­ies and big leaps in play­ing tech­niques. For ex­am­ple, when play­ing Shape 1 of the Blues scale in A, the higher flat five is usu­ally played on the third string, 8th fret. But if you play it in­stead on the 4th fret of the se­cond string you’ll be shak­ing up your mus­cle mem­ory, which is al­ways a good thing! We’ve pre­sented the open­ing ex­er­cises in Shapes 1 (E shape), two (D shape) and four (A shape) of the A Blues scale. Ul­ti­mately, you should strive to be flu­ent in all five shapes and in as many keys as you can.

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