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Postby vwjodyme » Tue May 10, 2011 12:27 pm

i just watched a vid on the major scale for the mandolin and the guy explained it as 221-2221...as in open string, move up 2 frets, move up two more, then one, etc... or moving down to the next string when the notes are the same.

does this also work for guitar?

i suck at memorizing all the boxes so something like this is more usefull to my brain.

if anything at least i finally get the 1st 3rd and 5th for chords are just the order of notes in the scale...took me awhile for the ah ha moment on that one :oops:
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Re: scale construction?

Postby tcsned » Tue May 10, 2011 1:27 pm

vwjodyme wrote:i just watched a vid on the major scale for the mandolin and the guy explained it as 221-2221...as in open string, move up 2 frets, move up two more, then one, etc... or moving down to the next string when the notes are the same.

does this also work for guitar?

i suck at memorizing all the boxes so something like this is more usefull to my brain.

if anything at least i finally get the 1st 3rd and 5th for chords are just the order of notes in the scale...took me awhile for the ah ha moment on that one :oops:

Yep, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step. Are the intervals for a major scale. A good thing to learn and visualize for playing melody that helps to break out of playing in boxes.
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Re: scale construction?

Postby mkaufman » Tue May 10, 2011 3:12 pm

fyi...mando's are strung 'backwards', like a violin...

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Re: scale construction?

Postby JamminJommy » Wed May 11, 2011 1:16 am

mkaufman wrote:fyi...mando's are strung 'backwards', like a violin...



Yeah. If you look at it, a G chord on mandolin, is an upside G on guitar. I trip out on that but I don't know if its helpful...

As for scales, thought, since it's tuned in 5ths, you can actually play a lot of notes in first position. on two strings, it would be "open, 2nd, 4th, 5th / open, 2nd, 4th, 5th" and that second 5th is the octave. its neat once you get the hang of it. Beautiful instrument!

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