Originally Posted by bonsy
Ive been learning to play,see and read the notes and intervals diatonically across the neck eg Starting from 8th fret 6th string C note. I begin with just playing the root and 3rd etc. So i play CE DF EG FA GB AC BD.
When i look at these intervals and listen while playing how should i best memorise them . ie Should i view the DF as the Dm chord or should i see it as 2 4 of the C major scale. any info on this is much appreciated. ps i go on to add the 5th and 7th . cheers.
Depends. Using the major scale box pattern to illustrate this.
Major scale box with interval numbers shown ---- box pattern for 4 string bass.
If you place the root at the E string 8th fret you are on C so this box will give you the notes of the C major scale. And R-3 will give you C E.
But, now lets move the box pattern to the A string 3rd fret - yes that is a C also - and your C E line up here the same way.
Grab hold. Say I wanted to play intervals from the C, F, and G chord. If I move the pattern's root to the F interval of the C major scale pattern my root - 3rd would now be F-A. Compared to what? Well root, 3rd of the F scale. Now move the pattern down two frets to the G - right below the C you started with and your root 3rd is in the same location - this time in relation to the G major scale. But, notice we are still in the same area of the fretboard. You mentioned the 5, it will always be in the same spot waiting on you just like the 3 was in the examples above.
That's how we play the major scale box with the bass. Place the box at one location and grab all three chords used in the I IV V progression of the Key of C. This will go into more detail.