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There are two directions you can move your hand on the fretboard as you rip out your awesome licks.  Up/down & across.  A typical scale form-- let’s use the pentatonic for today-- presents a pattern that let’s your fingers play the scale across all the strings without moving your hand.  If you practice your single string exercises, then you do the opposite-- move your hand up and down the neck, along a single string. Most guitarists learn by way of scale forms, and they overcompensate their discomfort moving up and down by playing straight across.  When you examine the guitarists you love, notice how comfortably they surf all around the neck-- up, down, and across.

The pentatonic box shapes are some of the simplest to memorize, with just 2 notes per string, and thus many guitarists will end up going across the strings with a pentatonic scale.  Here’s a simple exercise to help you break out of simple patterns and start cruising up and down the fretboard-- use 3 notes per string.  

Rather than present this in the key of E, let’s use just a slightly less familiar key to promote more learning-- F.

Here’s the tab:
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And a neck diagram (sorry, that top note on the 18th fret is missing):
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Again, go through the circle of fifths to practice this in all keys.  F is easy, because you start on the root.  If you start on, say G, than you still begin with an F, but then it is actually a minor 7th.  


You could also play these as major pentatonic, to begin your country shredding career.  In the above example, which I have illustrated as F Minor Pentatonic, you could simply play as Ab Major pentatonic.

The coolest addition to this exercise, which you should definitely aim for, is adding the b5, what's called the blue note.  You end up making little slides here and there, which is super fun when you start cranking up the tempo.

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