Moving Scale Pattern 61
When we move scale pattern 61 up one fret from the E heel, what were opens are now 1 frets.
For the key of E Major [heel, the lowest it can go], we could call this pattern 60, since we don’t have to fret the nut. And playing it in P0 (index on the nut) would show us the movable fingering.
This pattern, along with 51 & 52, are naturally 3 tones per string. Patterns 51 & 61 are the only 2 forms which are solo heels. When we move E up one fret, it is F, which is also an origin [1 of the 7 heels]. And when we move A Major up one fret, it is B♭, which is also one of the heels.
+1 = F Major
Here’s the F Major scale starting in P1. It’s the E scale form moved up one fret. We’ll stick with 3 tones per string, but keep our alpha-tone order (start on lowest key tone – F in this instance, play to highest, then lowest, and back to the starting tone).
The scale begins in P1 (extending for 3 & 5 frets). We will shift to P2 for the 2 and 3 strings, and P3 for 2 & 1 strings.
Play the scale, as shown in the tab. This scale form can be played in this manner, in every position, and thus every key. 12 for 1 = movable to every position → 12 Major scales.
F is also another one of the 7 Majors heels. If we were to play it in P1 only using open strings, this is scale pattern 62.
F Major is the “opposite” of F♯. F♯ Major has 6 sharps (F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯, E♯). In F, the F, C, G, D, A, & E are naturals. In F, the only flat is B flat. In F♯, only the B is natural (though the E♯ in F♯ is aka E natural).
Since the lowest tone [in this scale, the F] is the 1st degree of the scale, this pattern is sometimes referred to as Ionian [see Modes].
Scale Names by Position
When we move this shape to these positions…the key is…