Practice Cycle for Scale Pattern 64
Do something with the structure. Train with it in some way. Design an exercise to address any facet of your ‘single tone’ playing.
Idea: use the tone order we’ve used before: start on the A♭ tone [6 string, 4 fret] in P1, play to the highest, then to the lowest, then back to the starting A♭, playing in a new rhythm.
Then shift to the next position → do the same thing in P2 [A Major], then 3 and so on, as high as you want [maybe P9 or P12], then descend, position by position.
Playing 7th type melodic arpeggios within this structure is a really valuable finger logic challenge. Try not to leave the fretting hand in a “dead end”. Check out my fingerings after playing through this. For this exercise, we are basing the scale in A Major in P2.
Choose a key [a position] – maybe one that you’ve never played in before. Improvise for 3-5 minutes using the scale.
Example: move the pattern to position 3…jam in Bb. Have you ever jammed in Bb?