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This lesson will be discussing flat picking, and combining relative major and minor scales. The subject of relative major and minor scales is something that you need to know to get started on your flat picking. This lesson will really improve your guitar riffs.
Flat picking is basically just using a flat pick. You can use your fingers too if you want, but this lesson will be dealing strictly with the pick.
Let’s start with the key of C, and use the I – IV – V. This lesson is not for beginners, but for someone who has played for a little while and knows some chords and scales. The I – IV – V of C is C (I), F (IV), and G (V).
Any picking using open strings and chords is flat picking.
You’ve probably seen the Am chord in a lot of C major songs. That is because Am is the relative minor of C major.
A lot times, people will teach the C major scale in the open position. It’s right, it’s the correct scale. But what about lower and higher notes? The best way to do it is to play the relative minor scale – this gives you the full spectrum.
The secret is that you have to end on the C note, not on the A or any other note. That’s because even though you are in the key of Am for your scale, C major is still your relative major.
So the Am scale works really well over the chords of C – F – G, because it’s the relative minor of C major. Just make sure you resolve your soloing on the C note.
The way to practice it is to loop a chord progression; get a friend to play the C – F – G, and then start messing with the Am scale. Play it over top of the chords and you’ll discover that the notes all fit in – they’re all relative. So any Am scale will work with C major because it’s relative.
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