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Huh? Two Scales at Once? (Guitar Lesson)


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Huh? Two Scales at Once?

Put mental multitasking to work with your hands. Practice playing a simple C major scale, but play it in a round. Start it, and then while continuing to play it in sequence, start it again!

Taught by Bumblefoot in Bumblefoot's Artist Series seriesLength: 4:07Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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Now let' take some of that mental multitask stuff and we'll start getting a little more musical with it.

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I'm going to start off very simple and it's going to grow from there.

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What you're going to do is you are going to pick every note and we're going to play the first five notes of an open C scale

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using your second and third fingers.

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It's going to go like this.

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It's just the start of it.

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Very easy, yeah.

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Now we're going to pluck using our first and fourth fingers on the second and first strings the next octave.

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Easy.

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Now don't look you're going to play both parts together.

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You're going to be picking this, you're going to be plucking this.

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Don't look at your hands and just try and do something else while this is going on.

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Don't look, try not to think about it.

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Just have a conversation, hey how are you doing?

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Just think about other things and try and make it just go on in the background where you're not forcing it,

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where you're not trying to control it.

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You're just letting it happen and that's what makes things become natural.

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Just let it happen and don't try.

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So we've got this going on and we'll finish that up.

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Ok, still easy.

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Now we're going to start one before the other one by one note and we're going to start shifting them.

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So what we have going on here now is that we have these two scales going that one started at a different time than the other.

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Still not looking, I'm just having a conversation with you but in the back I have this thing going on.

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Like that.

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Again, let's just even take it to two more notes and just have it go so now it's circling around and you still have it doing that.

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Not looking, not thinking about it, it's just there.

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Very nice.

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Good and you can keep on going with that and go through all you know, you can just keep on going and it just keeps on going.

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So this kind of stuff, mental multitasking when you're just doing two different things that don't necessarily coincide

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and go exactly with each other and they oppose each other at certain times.

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When you can get it to where your brain is sort of doing each one separately

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and they're not fighting each other, the two parts that's when you can really open up and start doing a lot musically.

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You can start having one hand doing one thing and the other hand and just make it up as you go along.

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Let's try another variation of this whole thing where we'll take a scale and maybe every three notes we'll throw in a chord or something like that.

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A different chord every time.

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Things like that.

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This is just a very simple, basic, musical exercise that works on separating your mind and your hands and everything.

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So have fun with it.


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ChordAddictChordAddict replied on February 3rd, 2015

I love it! I think this technique (while quite advanced) has a lot of opportunities for rock, pop, metal...and tons more. As soon as I pick my jaw off the ground, get someone to untie my fingers I'll be good to go.

kulumookulumoo replied on December 28th, 2014

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kulumookulumoo replied on December 28th, 2014

its really nice but not easy

buddy dbuddy d replied on February 3rd, 2014

I think my mind is permanently muddled.

billfreshbillfresh replied on January 27th, 2014

alrighty then.........someone please help me untie my fingers

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on January 27th, 2014

yeah!

rwa1rwa1 replied on January 27th, 2014

uhhmmm....

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