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Putting the Root Note on the A String

 

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Visualizing Chromatic Scale Patterns Series 4

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Now we will look at assigning a note on the A string as the Root Note or First, or 1st Scale Degree. This moves our pattern of intervals over one string. The pattern shifts when we cross from the G string to the B string, of course. This is because the B string is tuned at the fourth fret of the G string instead of the fifth fret like all the other strings.

However, we still wind up with a useful pattern to visualize and use. In fact, after learning to visualize the chromatic intervals with the Root Note on the E string and the A string, we have a complete system in one position. This is because if we continue this shifting of Root Notes over to the next string we will see that the Root Note would next be on the D string. And in the E string pattern that is already where the Root Note is! Likewise, if we shift over to the G string, this is where the Root Note already is on the A string pattern.

So far we've only looked at placing the Root Note in the lowest position and identifying intervals on higher frets. Next we need to look at visualizing patterns in which the Root Note is in the middle or top of the fretboard position and identifying consequent intervals on lower frets.

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