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PAUL GEARY
BASS GURU GEARY
INTRODUCES INTERVAL
STUDIES 101
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his month I would like
to start a new series
of columns focusing
on intervals, with a
collection of exercises
to help with fretboard
knowledge. An interval is the
distance between two notes. It
is used in the construction of
scales and chords. It is vital that
we understand how to use and
apply intervals in the music we
play. The following examples
will help you to build a practice
regime tailor-made to give you
the necessary tools to learn your
fretboard inside out.
"IT IS V ITA L THAT
WE U N D ERSTAN D
h o w
t o
u s e
a n d
A PPLY IN TER V A LS
IN THE M U S ic
WE P LA Y"
EXAMPLE 1
The following examples are in the key of A major, with three sharps - F, C and G. However, the starting
note of this first example is F sharp. The reason for this is that we are playing A major's relative minor,
which is F sharp natural minor. This is also known as the Aeolian mode.
The reason it is called a relative is that, as with all relatives, we are joined by blood - metaphorically
speaking! In this case it is the key signature of three sharps which stays the same. If we take any major
scale from the sixth degree it will give us its relative minor. Begin to play the scale, ascending and
descending. Watch out for the stretch over to the G string, as the scale continues over four strings.
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