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Let's start with the A position:
The A Position
This follows the chromatic scale along the fretboard.
The fingering here might be a little tricky at first. One rule of thumb I use with scale patterns like these is to assign each finger to a fret. In other words, my index finger is at the first fret, my middle finger at the second fret, my ring finger at the third and my little finger works the fourth and the fifth frets. That lets me work fairly intricate patterns without getting my fingers tangled up.
Work slowly up and down the fretboard until you get comfortable with the pattern.






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