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Diatonic Major and Minor Scales for guitar is and instructional book written by classic guitar legend Andres Segovia. It includes exploration of diatonic major and minor scales with exercises written by Segovia in standard guitar notation with fingerings.

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Basic but good. In classical guitar you will sooner or later have to practice scales. There are fingerings that are slightly different. They're neither good not bad. They are what they are. I chose this book because Andres Segovia set it up.

If it's good enough for him, I guess it's good enough for me too! Each scale is 2 octaves and they show the fingerings going up and back down. They show all diatonic scales and minor scales. Don't expect a massive book. It's very small, but gives you all you need. I love this book and it's pretty easy to understand, but there are some confusing parts when first starting out.

I was entirely new to Segovia scales so that's why I had some difficulty reading it in the beginning. Now my only true problem with this book is that it is very flimsy, strictly Paper cover, not lamented paper but straight paper.

Any spills this or rain it could be ruined. This was recommended to me by a guitarist with a Phd in performance. It is a very helpful booklet with all the diatonic major and minor scales.

The minor scales ascend in melodic minor, and then descend in natural minor. The rule in general music theory is that when you use mel minor, you always descend in natural minor.

It was created that way in order to function with certain chord progressions. I can't provide an example from early music theory, but I learned a great use of melodic minor with ii-V-i changes in jazz music. It hits the flat5. V7 - G7 flat5,flat It hits a few altered tones in the dominant chord. The different picking patterns that are suggested also aid in the development of right hand technique. The "i-m-a-i-m-a-i" pattern is one that I'm skipping for now Practice it for 2 hours at a time if you can, as it recommends.

It has helped my technique in both hands. I bought this 8 page booklet on the recommendation of my guitar teacher. I was skeptical that practicing these 'simple' scales would help me at all. I was very wrong. I now open this book at the begging of every day and practice these scales to loosen, strengthen my playing and set my focus. Highly recommend. This was given to me at a young age and I neglected the studies for years. Upon revisiting this holy tome when I recently ordered it, I don't understand why I was so lazy.

The way Segovia, the Spanish Master, fingers the positional shifts on the strings through octaves opens up anyone's playing. I studied this once but never mastered it. My what a wasted opportunity! The lucky fact is this is the timeless study in how to run scales on the guitar through multiple octaves. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.


Diatonic Major And Minor Scales

Fretted guitar Composed by Andres Segovia. Instructional book. With standard guitar notation, fingerings and introductory text. Columbia Music Company


Book Review: Diatonic Major and Minor Scales by Andres Segovia

First and foremost, my review of this classic book is coming from the perspective of a primarily a jazz guitarist coming from a classical guitar background. Please do read the review within that context! For classical guitarists, you may see the book from different perspectives. A few years ago, I saw an Adam Rogers video mentioning this same book and how it helped his technique. Knowing that Adam was classically trained and is also a world class jazz guitarist made me want to reexamine this book again. In my opinion, the fingerings in this book are useful for developing: 1 Fluid scale technique 2 Position changes 3 Balanced tone production. From the angle of a jazz guitarist, this book was more a useful technique building resource than for developing strong fretboard visualisation skills for melodic single note improvisation.


Diatonic Major and Minor Scales in Standard Notation and Tablature

Segovia is without a doubt one of the greatest guitarists to have ever touched the instrument, and has a whole host of big names that have called him their teacher. He was very strict with his students they had to practice just scales and exercises for at least 2 hours every day, let alone the other stuff! Rather than keeping a scale in a nice and easy position which obviously you should still work on he challenges you to really know your fretboard. This can take years of work. Again, the goal here is to make that shift on the 3rd string nice and smooth.


Diatonic Major and Minor Scales


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