Scales Played Vertically November 2015

1. You can find the C major scale vertically within these fret groups
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Open strings and 1st fret.

2nd and 3rd fret.

2nd 3rd and 4th fret.

7th and 8th fret.

9th and 10th fret.

And 12th and 13th fret.

The notes are not in consecutive order but you can play the C major scale within any of those frets.
There are many advantageous uses for this exercise.

2. You can find double stop harmony (2 notes played together) also called diads.
For each note of the C major scale within those limited frets.

This will teach inversions for double stop harmony.

3. If you drop the B note and F note from those locations you will have the major pentatonic.

If you learn these notes at the nominated fret positions you will have a solid reference to play tapping exercises.

4. Start on the A note using just the 5 notes A C D E G. Locating them at the listed fret positions, you will have the vertical A minor pentatonic.

5. use all 7 notes starting in one of the fret positions, you may start and finish from each consecutive note.

C D E F G A B C.
D to D
E to E.
Etc. vertically, all within the nominated frets.

This is not a conventional way of teaching note names, scales, double stop harmony, modes...and many other outcomes..but it does show how we can look at the fretboard in many different ways.

6. The C Harmonic minor scale can be considered the same way.

All the concepts can be played at the 2nd and 3rd fret vertically.

This is not the ideal way to learn, it is a way of breaking out of boxes and patterns building up enough variety across the fretboard to consistently play intuitively, having accessibility to notes between the scales and patterns.

20 Nov 2015