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Ban dwa g on Mu s i c S t ud i o s
Now let’s learn the fingering for the major scale.
We’ll learn how to use a set fingering that we can
use up and down the guitar to get any key.
Remember we just learnt each major scale key
has the same theoretical construction. We are
very lucky on the bass guitar because this
theoretical construction forms a physical pattern
which is the same for every key. You use this
same pattern but start on different tonic notes
to get each key.
1. Read the patterns from left to right. Play the
notes on the lowest string from left to right then
change to the neighbouring string playing the
notes from left to right, etc.
Reverse the fingering when playing the scale
from high to low.
2. Tonic note is shown by the square. The tonic
note will give you the key name.
3. Use your note hand fingers keeping one finger
in each fret.
4. Most of the scales can be played in the same
position but some will need a change of position.
Major Scale.
Note Numbers – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Adding some higher notes.
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The tonic note on string 3.
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