Review: Theory Of The Chromatic Scale
Remember, the master scale in the world of music is the chromatic scale. Think of the chromatic scale as playing every single black and white key, in order, on a keyboard. In one octave of the chromatic scale there are 12 notes. The notes of the chromatic scale are seperated from each other by an interval of one half step. In the example below you would start on G and play each and every note until you arrived at the next “G” you have played the G chromatic scale.
1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2
The spelling for the chromatic scale, beginning and ending on “A” for purposes of instruction, looks like this:
A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A
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Theory Of The G Major Scale
Like all major scales, the G major scale is defined by the distances between the individual notes which make up the scales. Of course, you noticed the addition of F# (not F natural) as the 7th degree of the scale. The demand for the F# is created by the formula for the major scale which states there must be a half step between the 7th and 8th degrees of the scale.The scale solfege syllables (Do – Re – Mi), spelling and formula for the G major scale are illustrated below:
The major scale formula is clearly visible and easily understood by playing scale the open “G” string and sliding up the string with one finger, going higher and higher in pitch. While you’re doing this you’re saying, playing and listening for the correct and expected sound of “Do – Re – Mi”.
Open Position G Major Scales
Just as the C major scale was learned as a comnmon knowledge, open position fingering pattern spanning all six strings the G major scale also has a classic, well known, industry standard fingering pattern associated with it.Unlike the C scale pattern in the open position, also called position one, this scale pattern covers a musical range of two complete octaves. When properly played the familiar ‘tune’ of the scale: “Do – Re – Mi – Fa – Sol -La – Ti – Do” will be heard twice.
Two Octave G Major Scale: Open Position
G Major Scale Training Exercise
Below you see a training exercise that is meant to be played along with, in perfect unison, by you with your guitar. As with the C major scale exercise, this one is designed to teach you how to hear the notes in the scale pattern in relationship to the root note of the scale, in this case “G”. Before attempting to duplicate the exercise, listen to the excerpt once or twice, then try playing it slowly and perfectly all by yourself before your play along practice.
G Major Melodic Study
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