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The key/scale of B♭ has 2 flats: B♭ & E♭. When adding flats (going counterclockwise on the Circle of 5ths), the new flat will always be at scale degree 4. E♭ is the 4 in B♭. We already played a B♭ Major scale based on scale pattern 51 in a previous session. This is scale pattern 52 pattern of our 7 Majors scale system and is played in our alpha-tone order (lowest root → highest in pattern → lowest in pattern → back to starting root). This pattern populates octave 53 (the octave with string address of strings 5 & 3 - scale pattern 51 also uses octave 53). We first train with the scale in P1 (we begin the scale with the 1 finger). We can also train in P0 and this would show us how the form moves up the board (we begin the scale with the 2 finger with the index 'playing' the nut). Next, improvise with the B flat Major scale for a few minutes. And, consider some of the chords which come out of this tone set → B♭, Cm, Dm, E♭, F, Gm (in a position, alphabetically, these follow the CAGED sequence - like all 'fixed position' scale forms).
B Major • 3 Tones Per StringFor this pattern, we have to move it onto the board to pick up the lowest tone (would be E♭ for the key of B♭, and this tone would be minus 1 fret). Run the list...train, jam, build chords. Since the lowest tone in this pattern is the 4th degree of the scale, this scale pattern will sometimes be referred to as Lydian.
Here is the A flat Major scale, playing 3 tones per string. For this version, we typically train from lowest to highest, using different picking configurations [see economy picking]. Since the lowest tone [in this scale, the F] is the 6th of the scale, this pattern is sometimes referred to as Aeolian [see Modes].
The path continues. Life-long learning & practice takes planning. Frameworks matter. First, we still have some mapping to do to wrap up our 7 Majors system. Following this, we will explore 6ths in 3 different keys. These are great sounds which can be used in different settings. Then, we will bring Octave Explorer onto the path. This is an exploration model for getting to know our fretboard & making sonic discoveries based on our own sensibilities. We'll go wave by wave, block by block. For this process, you will be encouraged to add to the mix...audio or video of the processes and exercises we will be working on.