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Watch the 1 b3 3 5 6 b7 Move online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Riff Generator

This lesson focuses on the six following tones: 1 b3 3 5 6 b7. Diagram 13 shows the layout of these six tones on the entire fingerboard. You should view it three different ways: the 1 b3 3 on one string and the 5 6 b7 on the next highest or lowest string. The intervals are as follows: 1 to b3 is a minor third, b3 to 3 is a minor second, 3 up to 5 is a minor third or 3 down to 5 is a major sixth, 5 to 6 is a major second, and 6 to b7 is a minor second. You will learn various warm-ups which will enhance your left-hand technique while drilling through these tones. These include hammer ons, pull offs, legato slides, bends and releases. I suggest learning this formula in each of the three or four octaves that are available. This offers you the option of playing the same notes on different strings for tonal and/or technical reasons.

I will show you various ways of combining your left-hand techniques to create different riffs with the same six notes.