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C Melodic Scale Workout banjo tabs

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  • Tablatures

    One Octave Scale

    Exercises

    Here's the one octave C major scale, played in melodic style. You can use your thumb or ring finger to get the 10th fret note on the 5th string.

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  • Scale Pattern #1

    Exercises

    This scale pattern is also known as the 1231 2342 pattern, which refers to the scale degrees. If you were to name the notes it would be CDEC DEFD and so on. Before applying this to your instrument, listen to the tab a few times to get the sound of the pattern in your head.

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  • 3rds Pattern

    Exercises

    This is a 3rds pattern scale, which looks like this - 132435. The pattern is up a third, down a second, up a third, down a second. Make sure you check out the right hand fingering for this one, as it's a little funky.

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  • The Modes

    Exercises

    Learning the modes is a great way to develop a comprehensive understanding of the banjo's fretboard. These modes are just the C major scale starting on notes other than C. For example, the first mode in this tab starts on the E note. For this E Phrygian scale, you're playing all of the notes in the key of C, it's just starting on the E. The notes for this scale are EFGABCDE.

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