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Fiddle Lessons: The Major Scale in A

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
we're gonna take a quick look at one of
the most popular scales,
in fiddling and in bluegrass, the A major
key, which generates the A major scale.
So let's look at that.
Let's.
Obviously, if it's in key A, if it's an
A-major scale,
If it's an A scale, any kind of A scale,
it's going to start on the note, A, right?
So we're gonna find that A.
Let's go to the lowest place that we can
find an A on the instrument,
which happens to be on the G string.
We count up.
[MUSIC]
G, A.
Very interesting.
There's the A right there.
So, based on our knowledge that we have a
certain amount of two,
two whole steps and then a half step, and
then.
Three whole steps and then a half step, we
can say, okay, well, one.
[MUSIC]
And there's half of our A measure scale.
And then we go to the next one.
[MUSIC]
Now, I'm using my fourth finger.
I could also use.
The open string there.
I can go
[MUSIC]
And lo and behold,
we have an open A string, right?
Okay, so we got the A right there.
So, we've got that covered.
And then, if we keep going up, we have
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna name the notes.
A, B, C sharp, D, E, F sharp, G sharp,
A, so we have a lot of sharp notes in this
scale.
Just the way it works, it's how it works.
[MUSIC]
So,
should probably just get, kinda get used
to that.
[MUSIC]
Let's go ahead and play the whole scale,
two octaves.
They fit pretty good, in first position,
then come back down.
Play it with me.
We'll go one, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
Pause.
[MUSIC]
Now, if you had any trouble keeping up on
that, isolate your problem areas,
play a little bit through just those
problem areas.
Go back, play the whole thing slow.
Play it as slow as you need to, until you
can play it perfectly.
Three times in a row.
And then, start bringing it up to speed.
What we want is to just feel comfortable.
We want to get to the point, where we can
just go.
[MUSIC]
And we can just,
the fingers automatically do their stuff.
And that's gonna take a little while, but
it's very doable.
One of the great things is that again,
we have this symmetry, from the first half
of the scale.
So the left half of the scale, the way our
fingers physically are placed.
[MUSIC]
It's the same on those two strings.
Again on the next set of strings.
[MUSIC]
So that's very nice for us.
Okay.
So, we're gonna look at a tune, using this
major scale next.
Okay, I think it's pretty important that
we all understand,
how this scale business works.
And so I want to pick the major scale.
I want you to send me a very short video
of you playing.
A major scale, in five different keys.
This shouldn't take much time.
Just one octave.
So, it would sound something like, I want
you to play one in G.
I want you to play one in D.
One in A.
And one in E.
And one in C.
So it would sound like playing up and
down.
Like, G.
[MUSIC]
And D.
[MUSIC]
And A.
[MUSIC]
And
then I want you to figure out, the one in
E, and the one in C.
And that's five scales.
Just short like that, just wanna see how
you're doing with that concept.
Whether you understand relationships that
stay the same, throughout every key.
And just send that in and I'll.
Send you some feedback and move forward.
[MUSIC]