How To Sound Smoother In Simple Steps. Part 3

author: LeoKisomma date: 01/20/2011 category: guitar techniques
rating: 9 / votes: 2 
I'll keep words to a minimum in this lesson, as I've explained most of what's going on in the previous parts of this series I'm doing. You can find them on my profile if you want. I'll still give you a brief intro and remind you what the little marks on the tabs mean, but this lesson is really going to focusing on getting you hands used to using different techniques at the same time. Also You may notice that I'm not mentioning which fingers you should use. That's because you should use all of them. The strongest finger in you hand is actually your pinky finger because it's got the shortest tendon length, so don't ignore it, because you'll only be losing out on the strongest finger you have. Key for Tab: 7 = Pluck the string while fretting the string on the fret numbered h9 = hammer-on the note on the fret numbered with you fretting hand. This does not mean use your right hand for tapping. p7 = pull-off your finger(s) from the string(s) to sound the note on the fret numbered. E.g., p7 means pull your finger off the string higher than the seventh fret while you fret the string on the seventh fret. /9 = Slide up to the 9th fret from a lower fret while keeping your finger(s) pressed hard enough to keep the note going. \7 = Slide down to the 7th fret from a higher fret while keeping you finger(s) pressed hard enough to keep the note going. / = slide fingers up from a lower fret \ = slide fingers down from a higher fret Note: all exercises are in E.
Exercise 1: Up and down the natural minor scale
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|----------7---h9--||--9--p7---------------------------|
D||---------------7--|-h9--/10----------||-------10--\9-p7------------------|
A||---7--h9-/10------|------------------||-----------------10--\9--p7-------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Exercise 2: Up and down the natural Major scale
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|-----6---/8---h9--||--9--p8--\6-----------------------|
D||----------6---/7--|-h9---------------||------------9-p7--\6--------------|
A||---7--h9----------|------------------||----------------------9--p7-------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Exercise 3: Shimmy up and down the natural minor scale
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|----------7---/9--||--7--/9---------------------------|
D||---------------7--|-/9--h10----------||-------10--\9-p7------------------|
A||---7--/9-h10------|------------------||-----------------10--\9--p7-------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Exercise 4: Shimmy up and down the natural major scale
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|-----6---h8---/9--||--6--/8--h9-----------------------|
D||----------6---h7--|-/9---------------||------------9-\7--p6--------------|
A||---7--h9----------|------------------||----------------------9--p7-------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Exercise 5: Shuffle up and down the natural minor scale
 
Going Up on one string
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||---7--h9-/10---9--|-h10--/12--10--h12||-/14--12--h14--/15--14--h15-/17---|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||--15--h17---/19---|------------------||----------------------------------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Going Down one string
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||-19--p17---\15--17|-p15--\14--15-p14-||-\12--14--p12--\10--12--p10--\9---|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||--10---p9---\7----|------------------||----------------------------------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Exercise 6: Shuffle up and down the Natural Major scale
 
Going up one string
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||--7---h9---/11---9|-h11--/12--11--h12||-/14--12--h14--/16--14--h16--/18--|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||--16---h18--/19---|------------------||----------------------------------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
Going down One string
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||-19---p18--\16--18|-p16--\14--16--p14||-\12--14--p12--\11--12--p11--\9---|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
 
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
B||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
G||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
D||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
A||--11---p9---\7----|------------------||----------------------------------|
E||------------------|------------------||----------------------------------|
That should be enough to keep you going for now. As before, let me know if there are any problems you have and I'll see if I can address them. A couple of guys didn't really like the whole fully explained side of things so this is two lessons in one note for note. The exercises teach how to sound smooth, and teach you the natural minor and natural major scales at the same time. Hope this helps some of you. I'm now gonna slide off back to my guitar again now. See ya next time!
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