Learn to Play: Alex Skolnick Teaches 3–Note Runs

Over the past year, we've learned a lot from Testament's Alex Skolnick. He has taught us about triads and sweep picking, how to play 5–note patterns, and how to spice up our solos by playing pentatonic variations on the blues scale.

In this latest installment, Alex gives us some tips and tricks on how to nail our 3–note runs. Alex stresses that though the scales are very important and you have to learn them, you shouldn't become completely dependent on them.

Next, he demonstrates how you can alternate away from the scale with a three–note run all the way down the neck played by picking only a single string. Check out the video above for an overview of this technique, and click the links below for more lessons from Alex.


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