E phrygian (fridge-ee-n)
Listen to an mp3 of the E phrygian scale shown above.
One of the best ways to start working on the co-ordination in your fingers is to practice playing scales. Although they may seem boring, they will certainly help build the strength and agility your fingers need to play the guitar well. Keep that in mind while practicing this new scale.
Start by using your pick to play the open sixth string. Next, take the first finger on your fretting hand, and place it on the first fret of the sixth string. Play that note. Now, take your third finger, place it on the third fret of the sixth string, and play the note. Now, it's time to move on to playing the open fifth string. Keep following the diagram, playing each note indicated until you have reached the third fret on the first string.
- To use alternate picking throughout. Try starting the scale with a downstroke, then next time try starting the scale with an upstroke.
- Once you've finished the scale, try playing the scale backwards, by starting at the first string, third fret, and playing all notes in exactly the reverse order.
- The key here is accuracy, not speed! Try playing the scale very slowly, making sure that each note is ringing clearly.