Picking Style for Guitar Scales

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Picking style for guitar scales involves striking the strings with the first and second fingers, which alternate as you proceed up or down the scale. A professional guitarist shows you how in this free video of acoustic guitar lessons.

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Hi, I'm Chay Alexander Wright, guitarist in Los Angeles, California. Today, we're going to talk about picking style for guitar scales. Here we are on the classical acoustic instrument, and your picking style is actually your between your first finger, your index finger, and your second finger, the middle finger. And you alternate between notes. So, let's play a G major scale. We'll start out with G third fret up on the sixth string, and the G will strike with the index finger, first finger, and the A, fifth fret on the sixth string, we'll strike with the second finger, the middle finger. And then, we'll just go up. Each note, alternating fingers, starting with G, A. Do it again. I'm Chay Alexander Wright, and that's picking style for guitar scales.

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