THE MAJOR SIXTH :
The Major Sixth, containing NINE semitones, is considered to be a “dynamic” interval, thrusting a melody forward to very nearly the top of the scale.
Familiarize with its sound, as well as its shape on the stave, with a particularly “famous” Major Sixth:
As a chord, it requires an uncomfortable stretch if played on adjacent strings, but becomes particularly easy if played with one of its notes being open, or if fingered on ⑥ and ④, ⑤ and ③, ④ and ②, ③ and ①, as in the following patterns:
MAJOR SIXTHS with Open Strings:
MAJOR SIXTHS (Exercise):
Positions here are mostly left up to the player BUT rigorously respect the given string choices; also, bear in mind the MANY available permutations as illustrated in the following example where Bar 7 can be fingered in many different ways (and there are more!) :
Going back to the example given above for BAR 7, replay “MAJOR Sixths (Exercise)" creating as many fingering-permutations as you can think of whilst always TRYING to be conscious of what position you are at and what strings you are using and, meanwhile, always LISTENING to the sound of the MAJOR SIXTH.
Next : the minor SIXTH:
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