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The Classical Guitar Companion$
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Christopher Berg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190051105

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190051105.001.0001

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Learning the Fingerboard

Learning the Fingerboard

(p.9) 1 Learning the Fingerboard
The Classical Guitar Companion

Christopher Berg

Oxford University Press

“Learning the Fingerboard” presents the means for students to understand the logic of the guitar fingerboard and master its grammar so they will be able to understand more easily and quickly the musical language used by composers. Unlike the piano, which has one location for each note, guitarists can play the same scale, chord, or cadence, in multiple locations. The Segovia scales, however—which are widely used for foundational work—don’t cover large areas of the guitar fingerboard. This section begins with the study of open-position major and minor scales and their associated cadences, major and minor moveable scale forms and related chords, and major and minor long scales, which traverse the length of the fingerboard. Harmony is studied through the working out of triads on each of the four sets of three adjacent strings. The section ends with the first modern edition of cadences in commonly used positions for each key by Franz Bathioli.

Keywords:   guitar fingerboard, fingerboard harmony, scale system, Segovia scales, Franz Bathioli

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