Every Four Frets

author: slowlybilly date: 09/16/2011 category: music styles
rating: 3.2 / votes: 5 
Okay shredders... In this lesson I am going to be going over some diminished scale ideas that are widely used in neoclassical shred guitar... I will be going intentionally in, and out of key to create great tension... If you like to stay diatonic, this lesson is not for you. Great now that you know what's up with my lesson, let me explain my every four frets method to shredding. Alright first thing I am going to go over it the most basic diminished shape that I know of...Simple, pick a string, any string, and play a note, any note, then play it's minor third... Four frets up, then the flatted fifth... Four frets up from the minor third...that is a diminished shape... Let me show you.
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{-12-16-20-}
Now that's just e diminished... A triad shape... What I like to do is make that into a symmetrical scale, and work it up the neck... This does take some stretchin, and it is definitely not in any key... What I am talking about looks like this.
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Again, that is not a real scale, it is in no particular key, it sounds really off color, or tense...almost sickening... Metal basically... Now you can move that up and down the neck as you please, every four frets you can play that shape, and it will sound nice and metal. Alright next little trick... This is a diminished scale, and yes this one is and actual scale, played on the top four strings only, and repeated every four frets just like the diminished shape above. It looks like this.
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{-12-14-15-}
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{-12-13-15-}
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You can move that whole shape around by four frets all over the neck just like other diminished stuff, and it sounds cool. That scale there is e diminished again, but the scale not the triad shape. It is in key with fmaj when you play it like it is above, but what I like to do is go immediately out of key, and slide it around, every for frets to shred it. Sounds cool. One more every fourth fret trick...this one is the most advanced, but is pretty easy if you give it a solid hour, or two of practice. It is sweeping, yes, I said sweeping...Guitarists fear this word everywhere you go, which is why I love the technique so much, plus it gives you a LOT of speed when you get it down good. Alright, this is a diminished sweep arpeggio, just a triad played on three strings, giving you six notes, for a great triplet feel. Then I will show you how to play the same shape on other strings so you can play it where you want... This works every for frets too!
{12p9---------9h12-}
{-----11---11------}
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{12p9--------9h12--}
{-----10--10-------}
{--------9---------}
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{12p9---------9h12-}
{-----11----11-----}
{--------10--------}
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{12p9-------9h12-}
{-----11--11-----}
{-------10-------}
Those are all diminishe triad sweeps...the root note is always in the middle of the two strings you are sweeping on... You can move these every for frets up and down the neck all over everywhere, and it sounds cool. I love this every four frets thing, and I hope it inspires you in your playing. Good luck with your shredding...remember... Practice slow with a metronome, then move the licks up to speed. Let me know how you like the lesson too! Later shredders.
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