G Melodic Scale Workout banjo tabs

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  • One Octave Scale

    Difficulty

    This tab features both the one octave scale and the 1.5 octave scale, which goes all the way up to the 12th fret, first string.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play One Octave Scale
  • Scale Pattern #1

    Difficulty

    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 GABG ABCA 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.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scale Pattern #1
  • 3rds Pattern

    Difficulty

    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.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play 3rds Pattern
  • The Modes

    Difficulty

    Learning the modes is a great way to develop a comprehensive understanding of the banjo's fretboard. These modes are just the G major scale starting on notes other than C. For example, the second mode in this tab starts on the A note. For this A Dorian scale, you're playing all of the notes in the key of G, it's just starting on the A. Therefore, the notes for this scale are ABCDEF#GA.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play The Modes