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Lead Level 2
Bandwagon Mus i c Studi os
A small part of the minor pentatonic scale is
played as a separate scale. It is called the box.
The box is that part of the scale that uses
fingers 1 and 3.
A good way to remember the box is by these
rules –
(a) The box is mostly three strings long
(though you often run out of strings),
(b) The box mostly uses finger 1 and 3,
(c) The notes are mostly in a straight line of
frets except when the box comes into contact
with string 2. You must raise the notes on
string 2 by one fret to compensate for its
running - remember string 2 is tuned one fret
lower than the other strings.
Another interesting thing about the box is the
way it joins diagonally to other neighbouring
boxes. The easy way to learn this is to notice
how each box has a common note with its
joining boxes. You could also think that where
you finish one box is where you start the next
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. If 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.
To finger the 1-3 scale (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
either. 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.