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3 and 4 Notes per string sequences

As I mentioned before, there are some comfortable 4nps single string sequences. We'll begin our study with these ones to make our learning process progressive and even.

The first sequence will use a whole step between the first two notes, a half step between the 2nd and 3rd notes, and a whole step between the 3rd and 4th notes. We'll use that single string pattern on the 6th, 4th and 2nd strings. For the rest of the strings, we'll use just three notes on each. Our pattern will end up looking like this:

Now that we have our hybrid pattern wired down, let's create some interesting sequences with the scale, applying this new 3nps/4nps pattern we just created.

Sequence 3 is a cool sounding, triplet-based lick in A Dorian. At first, it may appear like your common 3nps fast-picking lick, but at the end of each bar, I threw in a pentatonic lick that requires a similar shape to the Ws-Hs-Ws used in the first single string sequence, but we just removed the 2nd note.

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