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Watch the Open Strings: Study 2 online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Lead Edition

In this instrumental we will be using some new scales. First is the commonly used blues scale, although in this case I'm replacing notes for open strings whereever I can. This is a great way to transform some of those blues licks you've been playing for 10 years into something new and interesting. I'll also be using the whole tone scale. This is a scale where each note is separated by whole steps. Over the V chord (E chord in the key of A) I'm using a diminished scale. This is generally a good place to use a diminished scale. There are only two diminished scales. One alternates between whole and half steps the other between half and whole steps. The half and whole step diminished scale is the one most commonly used on the V chord. The last of these new scales I'll be using is the chromatic. Which means I'm moving all in half steps. Lots of new information, I know, but this technique is too great to leave any stone unturned. Check out "Jerry's Breakdown" by Jerry Reed. This is one of my favorite tunes that uses cascading licks.