Chapter 4 - Approaches
guitar lesson 1
APPROACHES (Part 1)
When playing scales in a song, it can become boring if a guitar play simply plays all the scale straight through. To solve this problem, use APPROACHES. Approaches give a guitar player style and dexterity. The chart to the right shows some approach formulas. The numbers represent the degrees of any mode. The number 1 represents the first degree, the number 2 is the second degree, and so on. These are just some of the possibilities.
The first approach in the chart is a "1-1-1" approach. To apply it to a mode, simply play the first degree three times. Then play the second degree three times (2-2-2), then the third three times (3-3-3) and so on. The diagram below illustrates an example of the "1-1-1" approach.
This is a "1-1-1" approach, applied to an Ionian mode, in the key of "F" major.
When descending, play 7-7-7, 6-6-6, 5-5-5 and so on.
Approaches also apply to the arpeggios.
This is a "1-1-1" approach, applied to an "F" major arpeggio, in the key of "F" major.
Approaches also apply to chords. These chords become arpeggios.
This is a "1-1-1" approach, applied to an "F" major chord, in the key of "F" major.
Make sure to leave all the fingers, firmly placed until the chord's finished.
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