In this last session series of Magnify, we will move the scale form based on octave 54 (scale form 54, C Major scale at the nut) up the board. Just as we can move the pentatonic scale shapes, we can do the same with Major scale patterns [or any closed system].
We first played the C Major scale in this session.
We’ve moved the whole shape up one fret. What were opens are now 1 frets.
The D♭ scale is in a fixed position in P1 [fingers match the fret numbers], unless we are using 3 tones per string. If 3 tones per string, we shift to P2 on the 2 string.
As with any closed system, when we move it, it maintains its quality; its musical meaning. In this instance, all of the scale components are in the same relative position.
12 for 1 = movable to every position → 12 Major scales.
When we move this shape to these positions…the key is…
It’s good to take note that most of the enharmonic keys for the Majors, have flat names. The only key with 2, in this list, is F♯ (also G♭ – 6 sharps/6 flats).
And, D♭ is C♯ (7 sharps) & B is C♭ (7 flats). Yet, we rarely, if ever, see D♭ & B written as C♯ & C♭. D♭ has 5 flats (better than 7 sharps), and B has 5 sharps (better than 7 flats). See the Circle of 5ths.
We can refer to this scale as the scale form 54 (or the C scale form – since the root C is the lowest this shape can be moved -the scale pattern is a heel/origin). 54 = 5/4 = string the root is located / finger that starts the pattern]. For the key of C Major [the scale form, the heel], we can play this scale as a 5/3, since we don’t have to fret the nut [the open strings]. And, we could start the scale in the higher versions with the 3 finger (Major root).