The "G" Scale Shape
Points to Remember:
• This is the third of the 5 shapes--just 2 more to go!
• Note that on the D (4th) string you should use your 4th finger instead of your 3rd finger. This makes it easier to shift in and out of the new position.
• Don't worry if you can't play the "G" Shape barre chord up on the 10th fret like I do at the beginning of the video--it's not really a chord you would ever use!
• You have to shift your hand down a fret at the G string.
• After you learn the basic shape, try to use a metronome or drum track to keep a consistent tempo while you practice it. There are a couple online metronomes in the Links section of this site, and drums tracks can be found in the Backing Tracks section.
• Start slow and concentrate on playing consistently and smoothly (legato, not staccato).
• Try to keep your fingers fairly close to the fingerboard--you’ll get more efficient movement that way.
• When you're ready, move to alternating picking (down-up-down-up). This way it becomes a picking practice, as well.
• Remember to play the shape all up and down the neck: It’s completely movable!