Example1A MASTER EXERCISE
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We’ll use our ‘master exercise’ template, with the C Lydian mode arranged in position 1. Starting off with the associated Cmaj chord for reference, we’ll ascend and descend the scale using legato. Pick lightly and hammer down hard to develop strength and accuracy. The fretting-hand first finger should be positioned with its tip set to mute the adjacent string below, as well as all higher treble strings underneath. For the major 7 arpeggio form in bars 6-7, we’ll be using sweep picking combined with hammer-ons and pull-offs. When executing the sweep strokes, concentrate on pushing (or pulling when descending) the pick through the strings in a single motion, similar to the action of dragging a stick through park railings. In bars 8-14, we’ll continue by ascending and descending the scale in 5ths using strict alternate picking. This will involve barring and rolling as you use a single digit to execute adjacent notes across two strings, so start off by positioning the finger with its tip set to mute off the lower string, before leaning forwards from the wrist and rolling or ‘pinching’ onto the lower adjacent note.