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ONE-OCTAVE MAJOR SCALES

While one learns a lot from practicing two-octave scale fingerings, the truth is that only occasionally does one use them. Most melodies span no more than one and a half octaves, and most improvisation therefore contains itself to one and a half octaves as well. Ultimately, One octave scales relate more closely to what we actually play when we improvise.


A one octave scale played in one position will span three adjacent strings. To be thorough, practice these on the guitar in each of the 4 three-string ‘groups’: From the low ‘e’ string to the ‘d’ string, from the ‘a’ to ‘g’ strings, from ‘d’ to ‘b’ strings and from ‘g’ to high ‘e’ strings.


Go through the same process that we went through for two-octave scales, going through the cycle of fourths and exploring different fingerings in each 3-string set.


Again, choose your favorite fingerings and try to play all seven one-octave scales from each string set, in each key, WITHOUT STOPPING and at TEMPO.