Intro to Cross Stringing Scales

In this free country guitar lesson by Peter Vogl we'll explore cross stringing scales. A cross stringing scale differs from a normal scale in that we play the same notes, but on different strings. We'll learn a few different scales and then play them over Track 3 (Cool County in G) of the Let's Jam! Country & Bluegrass.

 

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Here is a G major scale as we would normally play it.

g major scale


Now here is a G major cross stringing scale.

g cross stringing scale


I am playing the same notes but on different strings. I am also using open strings. The object is to let the notes ring together a bit. I find it easier to start playing the scale backwards. Here is the G cross stringing scale forwards.

g cross stringing scale 2


Now that you have the basic idea let’s learn a couple others. Here is a C Major cross string scale. First backwards.

c cross scale


Now the C Major cross stringing scale forwards

c cross forwards


How about a D Major cross string scale backwards

d cross

And now forwards

d cross forward


Let’s here what these scales sound like in context. I will play along with Track 3 (Cool County in G) of the Let's Jam! Country & Bluegrass. I will demonstrate the whole scale against chords, but keep in mind when soloing I would only use a part or a fragment of these scales.

So these were a few cross-stringing scales country style. Take your time a practice them. They are certainly confusing at first. My name is Peter Vogl and I will see you again soon.

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