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Tuning and 5ths

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Komakino, Sep 3, 2001.


  1. I was reading in Bass Player an article called "interval insights: 5ths" all about 5ths (surprisingly) and it went on to say how the root and fifth are situated 1 - 4 on the fretboard, but on adjacent strings. Now I'm probably being thick or missing something remarkably obvious, but in a major scale aren't the root and fifth at 1 - 3 on adjacent strings?

    I thought the major scale was:

    ------------------
    ------------4-6-7-
    ------4-5-7-------
    --5-7-------------

    using A major as an example?

    Out of curiousity, why was this moved from DB to BG? It was in the DB section of bass player that I read this, though I guess it makes no difference to the answer.
     
  2. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I think they may have been referring to fingerings, i.e. 1st finger and 4th finger. Additionally the were probably referring to a 124 fingering method as opposed to the 1 finger per fret method.
     
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    BINGO.
     
  4. Oh I see, so I'm not going mad then?! So the scale does go like I thought it did?
     
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Yes that's one fret board "shape" to play an A major scale. Here's four more:

    --------------------
    -0-2-4-6-7--------
    -0-2-4-------------
    --------------------

    -1-2--------------
    -0-2-4------------
    -0-2-4------------
    -------------------

    -2-4-6-7-9-11-13-14-----
    ----------------------------
    ----------------------------
    ----------------------------

    --------------------------
    --------------------------
    -0-2-4-5-7-9-11-12----
    --------------------------
     
  6. Oh I was aware there are others, I was just using that one as an example. Thanks though!