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Welcome to another free guitar lesson on Scale Sequences. During this lesson you will be learning about the Diatonic Fifths Scale Sequence and hopefully leave with another great trick to pull out when improvising or writing melodies on guitar. This sequence produces a very angular ‘out of the box’ sound when even using a common scale such as the major scale.

This example uses the C Ionian scale (major scale) in the A shaped pattern but you should attempt to play the sequence with the remaining 4 shapes of the C Ionian once you have learnt this example and can recognise the sound.

If you feel confident then try to apply the sequence to other scales such as Mixolydian or Lydian and also make sure to use the sequence in your improvisations.

Tom Clark

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