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Watch the b3 4 1 Move online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Riff Generator

This lesson examines the following three note melodic formula: b3 4 1. There are four ways to play this riff in terms of pitch direction: b3 up to 4 then down to 1, b3 up to 4 then up to 1, b3 down to 4 then down to 1, and finally b3 down to 4 then up to 1. Diagram 10 shows this melodic move plotted out on the entire fingerboard in the key of A. Each diagram is color-coded with the melodic formula in red and the rest of the diagram in black. The A minor pentatonic scale will be our point of reference in this lesson. You will be provided with two jam tracks in the key of A: a shuffle and a straight eighth groove.

I will show you how to apply various techniques to this melodic move such as: picking, hammer ons, pull offs, legato slides, bends, releases, tapping, legato and staccato articulation, and octaves. In addition, I will show you how to develop solos using this melodic move as a theme.