#1
Hey

My guitar teacher is absent for two weeks and has given me the task of this.

"Play the scales below in two shapes and across two octaves"

The scales are the A minor pentatonic and the C major.


Can someone please explain to me what it is i have to do? I can play the a minor pentatonic in two different shapes and also the c major. Its the octaves that confuse me.
How do i play these two scales across two octaves?

As basic as possible please!
Thanks!
#2
first octave starts on the first fret of the E second octave starts from 12th fret on the E
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#3
An octave is a distance between two notes with the same name. So if you need to learn to play A minor pentatonic between two octaves, it means you should learn it between 5 fret on the low E string and the 10 fret of the B string. Try to find all the intervals on guitar and it'll become clearer.
#4
1st Aminor pentatonic shape acrosss two octaves:
E-------------------------------------5--7--------------------
B------------------------------5--7---------------------------
G----------------------5--7-----------------------------------
D---------------5--7------------------------------------------
A--------5--7-------------------------------------------------
E-5--8--------------------------------------------------------

1sr Cmajor shape
E------------------------------------------------------------7--8----
B---------------------------------------------------8--10------
G--------------------------------------7--9--10-----------------
D-------------------------7--9--10------------------------------
A-------------7--8--10------------------------------------------
E----8--10-----------------------------------------------------


I'll let you work out anothe shape for eeach scale
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#5
pleing two octaves mean that u start at the top e_string then work ur way down to the bottom is should comprise of 16 notes the 1st octave always ends on the A string the easiest way 2 get the 1st octave is to play a chord suck as this


---------
---------
---------
---5----
---5----
---3----

in this chord the octave of g will be the 5th fret on the a string octave means 8 in latin so it will be the 8th note of the scale
#6
Quote by M_G
Hey

My guitar teacher is absent for two weeks and has given me the task of this.

"Play the scales below in two shapes and across two octaves"

The scales are the A minor pentatonic and the C major.


Can someone please explain to me what it is i have to do? I can play the a minor pentatonic in two different shapes and also the c major. Its the octaves that confuse me.
How do i play these two scales across two octaves?

As basic as possible please!
Thanks!

Learn the notes on the fretboard, learn the notes scales contain and put the two together. An octave is the distance between two instances of the same note but with different pitches, eg the open A and the A at the 12th fret of the same string...there'll be 12 semitones between the two. Therefore your teacher wants you to start at the root note and keep going up the scale until you hit the instance of the root note thats 2 octaves above. It also sounds like he doesn't want you to just play a straight box pattern...rather he wants you to get used to moving around the fretboard.

There's no point somebody telling you "here, play this pattern" because that's not going to teach you anything and I highly doubt that's what your teacher intended.

So, your tasks are as follows.

1 - learn the notes on the fretboard, you don't need to know them all off by heart, just do enough that you're able to work them out.

2 - learn the notes of the scales...you can have those for free.

Am pentatonic - A C D E G
C major - C D E F G A B

Put the two together and work out a sequential pattern using those notes that takes you through 2 octaves, so for Am pentatonic you'll start on A, follow the scale up to the next, higher A note and then repeat the scale until you reach the next, even higher A....and do the same for the C major scale, except with C.

However...your end note is going to need to be at least 5 frets further up the neck than the first note played for it to class as playing in 2 shapes...however just to make things more interesting it doesn't have to be on the top E string, and indeed it probably won't be.

You've got 2 weeks to figure it out, that is more than enough time.
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#7
Quote by charlie__flynn
1st Aminor pentatonic shape acrosss two octaves:
E-------------------------------------5--7--------------------
B------------------------------5--7---------------------------
G----------------------5--7-----------------------------------
D---------------5--7------------------------------------------
A--------5--7-------------------------------------------------
E-5--8--------------------------------------------------------

1sr Cmajor shape
E------------------------------------------------------------7--8----
B---------------------------------------------------8--10------
G--------------------------------------7--9--10-----------------
D-------------------------7--9--10------------------------------
A-------------7--8--10------------------------------------------
E----8--10-----------------------------------------------------


I'll let you work out anothe shape for eeach scale


Good try but not quite. Well the pentatonic was just slightly off, and I would play the 1st position of the Major scale differently, but that is totally preference.

E--------------------------------------------------5(root)---optional 8-------------------
B-------------------------------------------5--8---------------------------
G------------------------------------5--7-----------------------------------
D----------------------5--7(root)------------------------------------------
A---------------5--7-------------------------------------------------
E-5(root)--8--------------------------------------------------------

1sr Cmajor shape(how I would play it)
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(optional)-10--12--13-
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------10--12--13(root)---
G-----------------------------------------------------------9--10--12-----------------
D--------------------------------------9--10(root)--12------------------------------
A-------------------------8--10--12------------------------------------------
E----8(root)--10--12---------------------------------------------------

The reason your teacher chose these two scales is not a coincidence either. Essentially when you play these two scales they are actually the same scale. A minor's relative major is C major. Aka C ionian and A aolean(the modal names) If you learn A minor all over the fretboard, you have also learned C major all over the fretboard, which is very cool.
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