How to Play a Major Scale in Thirds
Most of the time, beginners – and even more advanced players – play their scales in a linear fashion. (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C) While that’s a great starting point, your study of a scale shouldn’t end there. Instead, it’s better to play the scale in many different ways so that you really master it.
Here’s a variation that not only helps you master a scale, but also offers several different combinations of left-hand finger placements. The video demonstrates the variation, and I’ve also included a GIF and a PDF of the standard notation and TAB.
Remember to start at a tempo at which you can play this exercise perfectly ten times in a row. Then, increase tempo two beats per minute at a time.
Once you have learned this exercise in C Major, learn it in all keys. For those who are working with standard notation, it really helps to write the scale out in each key. This will help imprint the notes in your mind.
Have fun, and…
Aim High – Play Low
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