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How to Play, Understand & Figure Out All Scales – Part XIV


Dec 13, 2017 Beginning, General Comments are off

ALL scales repeat the same pattern up and down in tone. C major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C. Numbers are given to correspond to the major scale degrees or positions.

C Major Scale: C=1/Root, D=2nd, E=3rd, F=4th, G=5th, A=6th, B=7th, C=8th/octave.

C Aeolian Pentatonic Scale: C=1/Root, D=2nd, Eb=b3rd, G=5th, Ab=b6th, C=1/8 octave.

Memorize the C Aeolian Pentatonic Scale note names and number formula.

C Aeolian Pentatonic – note names= C, D, Eb, G, Ab, and C

C Aeolian Pentatonic – number formula= 1/R, 2nd, b3rd, 5th, b6th, and root/8. 

C, D, Eb, G, Ab, C

1, 2, b3, 5, b6, 8/1.   

Using the note name chart below – play the C Aeolian pentatonic scale starting from low thick E string 1st fret up neck, then back down neck. Repeat this same process for each string. Remember to say note names out loud as you play each note up and then down in tone. Repeat this process for all 6 strings: Low E, then A, D, G, B and thin E string. The underlined fret number indicates dot positions:

open   1        3,       5,        7,      9,           12,          15,     17     19,   21,       24

Now play and say out loud the C aeolian pentatonic scale for each note up and back each string. Play the C note twice ascending and descending to memorize root note positions.


The note to note intervals are the same. This applies to any string, octave, position, instrument or Key. Repeat this same process for bass, piano and any other instrument.


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