LESSON FOUR INSTRUCTIONS
- Your daily workbook should now be starting to fill up if you have been diligently writing up your daily practice. Hopefully you will see the progress you are making, this is crucial in enabling you to build up your moral.
- Lesson four is all about scales. You will be learning major scales in five keys
- Listen to your day four audio file.
- Watch and download the videos and learn the material as well as you can.
- Download your “Day Four” additional learning PDF.
LESSON FOUR CONTENTS
- You will learn how to play open string scales in five different keys.
- You will learn a new chord – G major.
1. BUILDING ON YOUR PREVIOUS SCALE WORK
Learning scales is common to most instruments. The word scale comes from the Greek language and literally means “ladder”. Musicians use scales every day to create songs or melodies along with another musical technique called arpeggios (more on this in a later lesson). We need a firm grounding in scales and this lesson expands upon your previous days work with open string major scales at the bottom, or open end of the neck.
You may be a little concerned that there are five scales to be learned in this lesson. We would encourage you not to be down hearted. If you can learn the first scale, C major, you can then move on to the next scale taking everything you learned from the first scale and apply it to the new scale. You will find that for the most part, you are transferring knowledge over to a new named scale.
If you are still reeling over having to learn five scales, we would encourage you to look over Gary’s scale lesson you received two days ago before attempting this.
WHY FIVE OPEN STRING SCALES TO LEARN?
So, you may be asking yourself “why do I need to learn the same scale in all these different major keys?”. The point to understand is that there are twelve major and minor keys. By only knowing a song in one specific key we could run into problems. For example, singers have a range that they sing within. If you only know a song in one key and it is either to high or low for the singers voice, the singer can’t sing the song. Knowing how to play scales and chords in many keys ensures that a key can be found that’s in the singer’s range. This is true of all musical instruments although some instruments have a bigger range than others.
SUPPORT & LET’S SEE & HEAR YOU
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Good luck with the quiz and onward to DAY 4 which will be with you in two days time.