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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:50 pm

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Dmanlamius on Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:58 pm

And here is the supporting documentation:


Ok, firstly here is the Major scale, In C, tabbed out:

G--------------------------------------------------2-------4-----5
D-----------------------2--------3-------5------------------------
A----3-------5-----------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------------

Go up the scale, and then work your way back down it again. Let the notes ring out for a short while. Not too long though, and not too short, like we do in my funk vids.

The Whole step-Half step relationship.

Whole-Whole-Half-Whole-Whole-Whole-Half
R-2 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-8

As I mentioned in the vid, a Whole-step is equal to two frets, and a half step isequal to one fret between two notes.

In any major scale the half steps occur between the 3rd and 4th and 7th and root.

Ok, the notes on the bass fret board are as follows. Don’t forget that these notes repeat themselves after the 12th fret!

Above are notes, and notes with sharps. These sharps can also be known as flats. These notes are known as Enharmonic notes as they are called different names, but sound the same. I haven’t written down the flats here, as…er…I couldn’t figure out how to do the little flat sign on my computer! Lol, sorry!

Don’t forget to do all the scale using all the notes that are mentioned above. Use the diagram I showed you on the video to learn what notes you are playing, and try to commit them to memory…

The Interval structure:

If we count the notes as we go up (Don’t forget that “up” is in terms of sound.) our scale, we will see that C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C is equal to Root-2-3-4-5-6-7-Octave. Intervals mean the distance between the root, and any number within our scale. Try to get used to calling the first note the “Root”, rather than “one”.

And here is our Interval structure:

1: Root (R)

2: Major second (2)

3: Major Third (3)

4: Perfect fourth (4)

5: Perfect fifth (5)

6: Major sixth (6)

7: Major seventh (7)

8: Octave (Cool

I hope this video and short documentation has been a help to you. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have in my forums!

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Fuzzy on Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:30 pm

i found this pic really helpful in learning the notes and understanding the major scale Smile
so the major scale in C would be: C (root), D, E, F, G, A, B, C (octave)

thanks for another great lesson cheers

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  xXMaliceXx on Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:37 am

I'm not sure if you coverd this in your video (18 mins is a very long time). My bass teacher had me figure out how to play the F#, A and C major scales (back when I was just starting). When I played them the next lesson, I had to write them down on a piece of paper because they were all different (starting point alters the pattern). My point is: he showed me the pattern that you can use to play almost any Major scale (except low F) by moving your starting position along the E or A strings. If that didn't make any sense ill tab it out.

-------------------A----------------------------------------C----------------------
G-------------------------------------- G------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------4---6---7--- D----------------------------7---9---10-----
A------------4---5---7---------------- A--------------7---8---10-----------------
E---5---7------------------------------ E---8---10--------------------------------

If you play the first note with your second finger, your not moving your hand left and right, just up and down.
Many people know this already, this is for the benifit of the poeple who dont.
Learn the pattern, then your can just move it up and down the string to play almost every scale.
For those who don't know where the B is on the E string for example, use this.

E---1---2---3---4---5---6---7---8---9--10---11---12---13
E---F---F#-G---G#-A--A#--B--C---C#-D---D#---E----F

I hope this has been helpful, if you still don't understand, message me (Dmanlamius can't answer all questions).

xXMaliceXx

Edit:
It just occured to me to put up the structure for minor scales as well. Here are the A and C minor scales:

-------------------A----------------------------------------C------------------------------
G---------------------------------------- G---------------------------------------------
D----------------------------5---7------ D----------------------------------8---10----
A---------------5---7---8--------------- A-------------------8---10---11--------------
E---5---7---8--------------------------- E---8---10---11------------------------------

Remeber to practise these, it may help to make the little fill that you need.

xXMaliceXx

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  lokki on Wed May 13, 2009 9:03 pm

I don't know if this is called cheating or not.
But i thought it would handy to stick it in here so people won't have to freeze the vid at the right time to actually see this.
Every time they need it that is.



What i basicly did was:

Find the right moment to pauze the vid.

Press "Print screen"

Paste that in paint.

Get rid of everything that you don't need in the image.

Quite simple really.

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  LB2HC on Fri May 15, 2009 10:25 am

What is the booklet called? The one with the notes on held up to the camera.

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Dmanlamius on Fri May 15, 2009 10:30 am

Great idea, Lokki! I think I may actually make diagram of that, and stick it on my site. A nice looking one for everyone....Smile

LB, I have no idea. I borrowed it off one of my students for the day, and gave it back after i did that video. That student has now moved to New Zealand, lol!

I'm sure any bass instruction book will have that table?

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  LB2HC on Fri May 15, 2009 10:45 am

OK, thanks Dman. All this is is going in but it's slow for me.


btw, LB is lower B 2 (to) HC High C LB2HC, six string bass guitar, letters taken off the bass guitar tuner - I couldn't think of a new user name, Wink The avatar is a twin stack of Kharma Grand Enigma speakers.

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Dmanlamius on Fri May 15, 2009 11:00 am

I'll let you onto a little secret.

I didn't start to really learn the notes until about my sixth year of playing bass. I wasn't interested in anything theoretical at all. I just wanted to go out, and PLAY, which I did everynight.

It was a slow process for me. I learnt the "Biggies" first. I learn that the third fret on the E string is a G. Then I learnt that the fifth fret on the E string is an A. I then did the ocvtave thing (two strings down, and two frets up) and new that they were exactly the same notes.

When it came reound to jamming with musicians in other bands, I felt I had to learn more notes. I was a good bass player by then, with a good ear for improv and timing. I just needed to make it all a little more "concrete". So, slowly, I learnt all. Now I know the board like the back of my hand. Infact, I know it better!

So take your time my friend. Don't take the magic out of music. Don't let it become so academic that it becomes like school, or a job you hate. Take all this theory stuff at YOUR own pace, and don't let anyone else tell you different.

It's supposed to be fun, right? Wink

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Admin on Fri May 15, 2009 9:16 pm

Ok, I created a scale table in the Dmanlamius.com lesson:


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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  mts on Fri May 15, 2009 9:26 pm

Admin wrote:Ok, I created a scale table in the Dmanlamius.com lesson:


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This rules!! Thanks man!

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Re: The Major scale explained (video)

Post  Admin on Fri May 15, 2009 9:36 pm

Glad it's helping, bud!

I'll do a table like that for all the scales, I think! Like a Star @ heaven
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Post  mts on Fri May 15, 2009 9:41 pm

Admin wrote:Glad it's helping, bud!

I'll do a table like that for all the scales, I think! Like a Star @ heaven

That would be really awesome. Have to think a bit while using that table but it really is helping. I love you

edit. oh yeah for some reason sound is not working on that video on your website but it working perfectly well at youtube. No idea why but just to let you know if there is some mystic magic reason... i don't know. =D

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