View Full Version : Wide interval scale patterns

03-24-2003, 04:04 AM
Hey guys, when reading the post about developing tension, one of the comments was using wide intervals. Specifically, Szulc said:

Try playing scales where you displace every other note up or down 1 octave. Learn scales in fourths and fifths.

What exactly does that mean? Are there some patterns that would help develop this? Thanks a lot.

Shred Fan
03-24-2003, 06:37 AM
Hey there, I think basically what he was saying is that when playing scales, rather than just play one note after the other, play wider intervals.

eg. ( C major, we'll go one string for simplicity)


That is going one note after each other, to play in fourths, would mean to play a note, and then the note three notes up (the first note you play is the first , 3+1 = 4)

Eg. Fourths
E-----8-13- then 10-15- then -12-17-

Eg. Thirds
E-----8-12-then -10-13- then 12 15


So ascending scales playing each note and its fourth , third , fifth etc. can be interesting

Just using a lot of wide intervals to make licks and such is good as well.

For example.....

These are just basic examples of how to get out of the "just playing the scale up and down" hole. Hope that helped.

-Shred Fan

03-26-2003, 09:17 AM
Hey Shredfan, thanks for the tips. I realized later what it meant when I was going through some exercises in a book that pretty much had the same pattern that you said. It's not too complicated after all :D

Shred Fan
03-26-2003, 11:14 AM
No problem man.

Yeah some stuff can look complicated, but once it's explained it's not really that hard.

03-28-2003, 03:37 AM
The other thing I was saying was play CDEFGAB but let every other note be in a different octave. For example (on the B string, although nobody would play it like this) 1-15-5-19-8-22.