Octave Scale

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How to Complete This Exercise...

Octave Scale
This is a common major scale with each note being doubled by an octave.

This exercise is intended for established beginners and intermediate guitarists.  It can be too challenging for complete beginners.  If you’re looking for exercises that can improve your coordination, precision and general dexterity (in your fretting hand) then this will help you out :). This is a common major scale with each note being doubled by an octave – here’s some insights on how to proceed:

  • Start by paying attention only to the lower note in each diad pair.  You should recognize this as a major scale (or ionian or CAGED pattern #4).
  • Play the major scale once or twice first.  Then, add in the upper note.
  • Fingering: this is important – you should still follow the basic rules for which finger plays which notes.  In this tab your fingering should match:
    • 2nd Fret: index finger
    • 3rd Fret: middle finger
    • 4th Fret: ring finger
    • 5th Fret: pinky finger

Continuing to Improve...

  • Be aware of matching the playback timing, correct fingering all while getting good tone from the strings.
  • I highly recommend starting at a slow pace, so that you’re only playing these diads at a comfortable pace.
  • Remember that you can set loops to repeat custom-selections in the tab.  If you’re not sure how to use the looping feature check out my Soundslice Video Tutorials.  Looping is a great way to improve more quickly by focusing attention on a specific challenge.