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Ba s s L ev e l 1
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3. Extend into Joining Boxes.
Another interesting thing about the box is the
way it joins diagonally to other neighbouring
The easy way to learn this is to notice how each
box has a common note with each joining box. You
could also think that where you finish one box is
where you start the next box. When you join all
the boxes together into one larger scale this is
usually called the 1-3 scale because you mostly
use fingers 1 and 3.
When fingering the boxes you should use mostly
fingers 1 and 3, though sometimes other fingers
will be better depending on what you are playing.
To finger either of the 1-3 scales (as you move
higher) you can play the first box and finish on
finger 3 and then move your hand to the next box
starting with finger 1 on the same note you just
finished the last box on.
Then do the same for the next boxes. On the way
back down you would finish on finger 1, then move
your hand back and start the next box with
finger 3 on the same note you finished with on
the last box.
Another way to finger the 1-3 scale is to use a
slide when going from one box to the next. This
time don’t repeat the common note. On the way
up finish on finger 3 and then slide up to the next
note in the adjoining box and keep going. On the
way down finish on finger 1 and then slide this
back to the next note in the adjoining box.
Here are the boxes shown for two pentatonic
scales. Both have their tonic note on string 4.
In all there are three boxes which we’ll name as
Low Box, Middle Box and High Box because of
the sound of their notes. Only the middle box is
complete on the guitar while the other two run
out of strings
B Minor Pentatonic.
A Major Pentatonic.