C Major in Second Position

Following on from the last lesson, here is another second position scale; C major.

C major - second position

Why bother learning this fingering of C major when you can play exactly the same notes in first position, as shown in an earlier lesson? Well firstly, we can move the pattern to other positions on the neck as shown in the last lesson. Also we can extend this scale to two octaves.

C major - two octaves

When you get to the 8th note (the first octave), move your left hand to fifth position and play the same pattern as the A major scale in the previous lesson. On the way down the scale, do the reverse, move back into second position.

Now you have a two octave scale that you make move anywhere up and down the neck. The first note tells you which major scale it is