#1
Hey guys,

I am trying to learn every thing about scales from a book I bought only I am a confused about the D Major pentatonic scale and need some help.
I am reading about how scales are made using this formula.

tone, tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone

which makes sense as I have tried using that method to create the B Major scale and the Ab major scale and when I double checked the book I was playing those scales perfectly, BUT, if I use that same formula to make the D major scale it is not how the book says to play the D major scale.
This is how it says to play it

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------0--2----3----|
G|-------------------0----2--------------------|
D|-------0--2--4------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

That is the one octave of the D scale but my problem is the part uses the G string it says 0(G) then 2(A) but then skips to the B string straight after that, wouldn't the next note by a 4(B) since the would be a tone?

I hope that I made sense with all these, just I am going to learn all the scales I can off by heart and when I construct my own scales from the notes i dont want to get them wrong.
thanks
#2
4th note on the G string = open B string

I don't see the problem. You could play it like this if you want:

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------2----3-----|
G|-------------------0----2---4---------------|
D|-------0--2--4------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

Still a B note.
Last edited by Poglia at Sep 7, 2011,
#3
If it's the same note; it's fine.
You could play a B on the 9th fret on the D string if you really wanted.
There's a good chance that what I've written above is useless and if you take any of the advice it's your own fault.
#4
hell, you could play it entirely on the D string if ye fancied it ...
Head like a stone, stoned like a rock.



#5
oh! I get it now, I was thinking more like a tone meant it had to be 2 frets over, since both notes are a B it counts either way then.

thank guys, you totally solved this problem for me then.