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Scale Sequences

Using scale sequences is a great way to inject some life into your guitar solos. If you feel your lead playing is a bit robotic or predictable then these will help. Like all ideas don't overdo them, use sparingly and they can make the difference between a guitar solo sounding amateur or professional. Some of them are a bit tricky but worth the practice effort.

C Major scale sequence in groups of three

This scale sequence steps through three consecutive notes of the major scale starting on each scale note in turn. If that doesn't make sense, it will when you play it!

E||-----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B||-----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G||-----------------------------------|----------------7----7-9-7-9-10-9-|
D||----------------------------7----7-|--9-7-9-10-9-10---10--------------|
A||-------7----7-8-7-8-10-8-10---10---|----------------------------------|
E||--8-10---10------------------------|----------------------------------|


--------------------7----7-8-7-8-10-||
-----8----8-10-8-10---10------------||
--10---10---------------------------||
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C Major scale sequence in third intervals

This sequence skips a note and goes back one right through the scale. The intervals are in third scale degrees, not necessarily major thirds.

E||---------------------------------------|
B||---------------------------------------|
G||--------------------------------7----9-|
D||------------------7----9-7-10-9---10---|
A||----7----8-7-10-8---10-----------------|
E||--8---10-------------------------------|


-------------------7----8-7-10---||
---------8----10-8---10----------||
--7-10-9---10--------------------||
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A minor pentatonic sequence in groups of three

E||----------------------------------|
B||----------------------------------|
G||------------------------------5---|
D||------------------5---5-7-5-7---7-|
A||------5---5-7-5-7---7-------------|
E||--5-8---8-------------------------|


----------------------5---5-8-||
----------5---5-8-5-8---8-----||
--5-7-5-7---7-----------------||
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C Major scale sequence in third intervals

This sequence skips a note and goes back one right through the scale. The intervals are in third scale degrees of the minor pentatonic, some people call this sequence "fourths" because most of jumps work out to be perfect fourths. Still, who cares about the theory, this one sounds great, especially descending. Be warned it takes some practice because most string changes are on the same fret

E||--------------------------------------|
B||--------------------------------------|
G||-----------------------------5-----7--|
D||-----------------5-----7--5-----7-----|
A||-----5-----7--5-----7-----------------|
E||--5-----8-----------------------------|


-----------------5-----8--||
-----5-----8--5-----8-----||
--5-----7-----------------||
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And here it is descending ...

E||--5-----------------------------------|--------------------||
B||-----5--8-----5-----------------------|--------------------||
G||-----------7-----5--7-----5-----------|--------------------||
D||-----------------------7-----5--7-----|--5-----------------||
A||-----------------------------------7--|-----5--7-----5-----||
E||--------------------------------------|-----------8-----5--||

You'll here this one played quite a lot among guitarists that use a lot of pentatonics, especially in blues and rock so take the time to practice it. It's a tricky one but well worth the effort and sounds great.