Fingering for Open Position ‘B’ Scale

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    jazzstudentjazzstudent
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    I am trying to tie down the fingering for all 12 scales in the open position.  The first of the ‘dicey’ ones that I am working on is the ‘B’ scale.  I have seen a number of suggestions regarding fingering, including John’s (which suggests playing consecutive notes with the 1st finger).  Coming from a jazz guitar background, playing consecutive notes with the same finger gives me a nosebleed.

    Right now, I treat the notes on the G, D, and A strings as closed position and I play them with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and little fingers.  On the E string, I can use the open position starting with the open E note.

    I have roughed out a graphic for all 12 keys:

    Scales in 12 keys

    I am expanding this graphic to include the ‘natural minor’, ‘augmented’ and ‘diminished’ scales.  But first, I have to get the major scales under my fingers.

    Any suggestions regarding fingering would be welcome.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    #86218
    goettjpgoettjp
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    Yikes!  That gives ME a nosebleed, thinking about trying to learn all those scales…..

    I just use the ‘first finger is my capo’ method.  Say I want to play the key of E.  I plant my first finger on the D string, “fret” 2, which gives me my root.   Then I learn where the 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers go, all in relation to that root on surrounding strings.   I don’t particularly care what the note “name” is I’m playing.   I just realize that when the “I” chord is playing I can use certain fingers in certain places.  When the IV chord kicks in, I learn which fingers/frets are in play.  Same for a V chord, Vim, II, etc

    If I have to play in F, I plant my index on the F note and repeat.  Same for Bb, etc.   I try to avoid playing open strings (except to drone), per advice I received from Bobby Hicks one time.

    #86222
    fiddlewoodfiddlewood
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    for first position I’d suggest (in general)
    frets 1 & 2 first finger
    frets 3 & 4 second
    fret 5 third
    fret 6 third or fourth
    fret 7 fourth

    Those charts make it look more difficult than it is for me.

    Once you get to playing arpeggios, scales in thirds (this leads to more linear playing & string rocking:both good skills to learn), or actual tunes the E will be handier to play with your fourth finger many times in the key of B…it will also help you learn the patterns quicker I believe.

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