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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Why the 6 Positions Are Important

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Why The 6 Positions Are Important.
I'd like to sum up our
discussion of the 6 positions.
Because there, and, and, and
illustrate why it's important
to use these 6 positions?
Why do we need to know,
the major scales in 6 positions?
And anything else for that matter?
The reason is very basic.
Because, I wanna harken back to
what we were talking about before,
about playing things in
different areas of the neck.
And how knowledge of the neck and the
patterns that occur in different places
and different ways, can help us get the
notes that we need when we're improvising.
Well it's very much the same for
the 6 positions.
So, as I was showing you each position,
I did one position.
And the major scales that occurred
in that one position, right?
So we've had you know, the G, A,
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B,
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etc, etc.
In this one position and
on the fifth string we, we had the others.
This time,
I wanna show the six positions in one key.
All across the neck.
It's kind of an interesting
thing check it out.
The first position we're going to use
the key of F,
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which starts on the first fret of
the sixth string.
All right, position 1.
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Now,
if I continue up as far as I
can go with that position.
It takes me
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from there to there.
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So, that covers the notes in the key of F,
in this entire area of the guitar, right?
From the first fret up to the fifth fret.
Now, let's go to position 2.
I have to do it, to do it in F, I have to
go all the way up to the thirteenth fret.
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That's that F there.
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Right?
So, those notes cover from the twelfth
fret up until the fifteenth fret.
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Right?
Position 3.
That would be from this same note, this
F here on the thirteenth fret, but, but
I'm gonna start with my pinky.
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That covers this entire
area of the neck, okay?
So, so far we've covered.
From the first fret to the fifth fret,
from the tenth fret to the thirteenth
fret, I'm sorry, all the way up to the
fifteenth fret with those two positions,
then we switch over the fifth string.
1st position on the fifth string.
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Is, remember this one has a pivot in it.
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So, we're,
now we've covered from the eighth fret
all the way up to the fifteenth fret.
If I move backwards, because the one
area we haven't covered is right here,
I can use the 2nd position
on the fifth string.
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Now, we've gone back to the sixth fret.
And then, with the pinky,
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it takes me all,
all the way back to the fifth fret.
Where I meet the first one again.
So the concept is,
anywhere you are on the neck,
you can find the notes in the key
that you're in available to you.
No matter where.
So check it out.
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Right?
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And then.
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And
then you're back to the first one again.
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And
back to the next one again
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So there's nowhere on the neck.
That you don't have access to
the notes you need in the key of F.
Now, I'm gonna do that.
That was kind of roughly going through it.
I'm gonna do it really slowly,
so you can see what I mean.
1st position,
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or even slower.
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This is taking me
all the way up to the fifth fret.
Every note in the key of F that I need.
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Now I'm gonna shift up to the A string,
starting on the A string, that's this
F here on the eighth fret, right.
And, you remember this one
when I did it I ascend up
only to the 5th, but I descend down so
I can get a full two octaves
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so.
I'm gonna start there.
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Sorry, and I don't wanna do it too fast.
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By the way,
always feel free to play along with
me as I do this, if it helps you.
You do it on your own, in time,
out of time, or play along with me.
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And then with my second finger here,
this is gonna take me up
to the eighth tenth fret.
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Up to the D,
up here.
Remember, that one doesn't go
all the way up two octaves.
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And, then,
with the first singer,
on the fifth string.
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Remember, I'm shifting this one.
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Right?
And then the pinky
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And this takes me up, above the twelfth
fret with that little pinky action.
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And then the,
to go up to the fifteenth fret,
starting on the,
the 2nd position on the E string.
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And then you're
back where you started again.
You can start over.
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So that's it,
it's, it's kind of
across the neck.
Across the whole geography
of the instrument.
You can get whatever notes
you need in the key of F,
no matter where you find yourself.
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Six
positions.
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