A scale is simply a series of notes in ascending or descending order, it doesn’t have to start on any particular note. So we can still play the C major scale even though we don’t start on the note C.
In this scale, we are going to play all of the notes that are part of C major available to our fingers in 1st position. Starting with the open 6th string E we are going to go through all the notes to the G on the first string. Once we reach the C on the fifth string you will recognize the same notes as in the previous lesson with the once octave C major scale in 1st position.
In this situation we are using the scale to learn the notes in first position, so no need to aim for speed. Your best bet is to go slowly, and think about each note name as you play the note. Try not to memorize a pattern, but rather associate each fret with its note name.
This is such a great starting point, because we can start learning the flats and sharps in relation to all of the natural notes.
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Say the note names out loud, alternate fingers in the right hand, make a clear loud sound and play the scale ascending and descending.
Study no.2 starts to explore the fingerboard with a wider range of notes (the technical name for range is tessitura) Use this piece to work on more complex alternation with i and m.
The whole piece is played with i and m except for the notes marked with ‘p’ which are to be played with the thumb. The piece is fairly long, but don’t let this phase you, it is all in first position and give yourself small goals to read through it step by step.
The last three measures have contrapuntal writing, which means that there different voices being played at the same time. Focus on making a clean sound between the thumb and fingers, while making smooth movements in the left hand. You can even start thinking about left hand preparation if you like!