Playing in and out of position (part 1/2) by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert
Here's the first video of a two part series on the Playing In and Out of Position theme. When we first learn our Major scales, we are generally told to practice them in position. We visualize certain shapes all over the fingerboard and that helps us play more efficiently, more smoothly. After all, that is exactly why we have more than just one string on the guitar!
The drawback is that we spend so much time learning those positions, that we can become afraid of moving to another position (either up or down the neck) while in the middle of a phrase. We need to learn to play “horizontally” (up and down the strings) as well as “vertically” (in position).
Playing in and out of position (part 1/2)
Here are 2 exercises that will help develop our “horizontal” playing ability:
- Play the F Major scale up and down a single string. Play very slowly at first, and sing or hum each note as you play it. You can start with the low E string, but the same exercise should be repeated on all 6 strings.
- Play freely through the same F Major scale, but now you want to use all 6 strings. Make a point to change direction at any time, and move up and down the neck at will. When doing so, you will randomly play through some of the known positions, but you should be able to go up or down a given string at any time. Again, sing or hum each note as you play it.
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Note from The Guitar Channel
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