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Practice scales on their own or along with another technique. As you learn more theory, apply these same methods to new scales. Don’t worry about the theory for now; just focus on playing the scale. Try to recognize the notes by saying the note name out loud. Don’t just think it. Say it out loud! Scales are also a great way to practice technique in a slightly more musical context.

C major scale- open position

c major scale open position

Natural notes in the open position

natural notes in open position

Chromatic scale: open position

The chromatic scale contains all twelve notes of the octave. Start by playing it in the open position and eventually progress to other positions up the neck.

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