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The Major Scale – Lesson 7

Rad Synner

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    I’m having trouble understanding why we start on B for the major scale here? To me seems like there is no rhyme or reason to it? If we are playing on the 5th string, why aren’t we playing A first? Thanks!
    the 3rd fret of the 5th string is actually a C so we're playing the C major scale! One of the primary reason we use the C to represent the major scale is because there are no sharp or flats in it so it's one of the easiest to represent in terms of theory. But I don't think you should overthink it too much. It's an example that can be applied to any other notes. It's just that if you break down the notes that are part of a Major scale for any other note, they would have sharps and flats and for beginners the C again is easier to demonstrate.
     
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    the 3rd fret of the 5th string is actually a C so we're playing the C major scale! One of the primary reason we use the C to represent the major scale is because there are no sharp or flats in it so it's one of the easiest to represent in terms of theory. But I don't think you should overthink it too much. It's an example that can be applied to any other notes. It's just that if you break down the notes that are part of a Major scale for any other note, they would have sharps and flats and for beginners the C again is easier to demonstrate.
    Thank you for the clarification!!
    Edit: was just practicing this scale and I realized now why it starts on B! It makes a lot of sense to me now. Also why there is a half note on E.
     
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