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Pacman's sure-fire scale practice method

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Pacman, Jun 11, 2002.


  1. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
     
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  2. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Exactly the same. Whenever you are practicing a major scale this way, you are also practicing that scale's relative minor; they contain exactly the same notes. For example, the notes of the G major scale are the same as the notes of the E (natural) minor scale, so whenever you practice the one you're practicing the other.
     
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  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    Well, yes and no. It's best, IMO, to practice major and minor in their own context. Meaning, the relative minor should start on its own "1" not "6."
     
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  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Hey, thanks for chiming in. You're right: I should have been more clear. My point was simply that if one follows "your" method -- starting from the lowest available note in whatever scale one is playing -- the notes you play would be the same whether you thought of it as Em (in which case you'd start on the root at the open E) or G major (in which case you'd start on the 6th). But I completely agree that you should always be thinking about what you're doing as one or the other, always being aware of what the root is and how the other notes relate to it.
     
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  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Yep, that's it exactly!
     
  6. Rudreax

    Rudreax

    Jun 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    Yup, same principle.
     
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