#1
As you'll surely be able to tell from this post, I'm pretty dense when it comes to music theory. But I'm learning.


So here's my first confusion, please be patient and read:

The E major scale goes like this:

E - F - G - A - B - C - D

right?


Take the low E string for instance: the above notes are on frets

0 - 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 8 - 10

But E major goes like this, if I play it on just the low E string:

0 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 11

So shouldn't the frets be the same?

Where the fuck am I going wrong?
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#2
The E Major scale is E F# G# A B C# D#
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#3
^what he said. you're showing E Phyrgian, 3rd mode of the major scale.
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#4
I always thought the major scale didn't have sharps, only the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G

So the notes themselves don't matter, it's the intervals between them that have to be spaced correctly, right?
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#5
the C major scale doesn't have sharps.


edit: some modes of the major scale dont have sharps (D dorian, E phrygian, F lydian)
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#7
major goes

Whole,Whole,Half,Whole,Whole,Whole,Half.
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#8
OK I got it, pick a root note, and move to other notes according to the scale's "formula".
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#9
exactly
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#10
So for instance here:

http://www.guitarknowledgenet.com/LearningRoot/full_fretboard_2.html

if you select view scales, and major scale, what do the numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 refer to?

cause for instance, for the natural minor it goes like this 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-7

And I thought that meant which notes are regular, and which are flat (or sharp), so since the major scale is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, I wrongly thought the major scale didn't have sharp notes, regardless of key... thus the confusion.
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#11
the numbers 1234567 refer to the intervals. The key does matter. so in the key of C (c,d,e,f,g,a,b,c) c=1 d=2 e=3 etc.
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#12
The scale formulas (the numbers) are in relation to the major scale.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7 is the major scale.

Let's try an example: A minor.

To find A minor, take the A major scale:

A B C# D E F# G#

Take the formula (1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7) and flatten the appropriate scale degrees.

A B C D E F G

And there you have it, A minor
#13
Thank you, that clears it up.
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