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THE MAJOR TENTH:
The tenth is really none other than an “Octave Third”, an interval particularly useful in the construction of chords across all six strings where the third of the basic Triad is often replicated on higher strings, exploiting the combined logistics of the guitar’s fingerboard and tuning (this will subsequently be covered in greater depth in Part Three “Harmony”).
A Major Tenth is an Octave plus a Major Third and therefore comprises 16 semitones, BUT…
… BUT 16 semitones between two notes DOES NOT always mean that the interval is a MAJOR TENTH … because the NAMES of the respective notes determine what the interval is called, so counting from E to G# (inclusive) makes TEN, whether counting from E to A flat makes ELEVEN (even though it is the same sound as G sharp).
As all other intervals, successive TENTHS will, in any score, constantly alternate between being Major or minor intervals, as they follow the harmonic meanders imposed by a given key, but we’ll first consider the Tenth in its raw Major form, i.e.: for the time being, ALL Tenths in the following scale and subsequent exercises will be Major:
Moving into higher positions - as soon as they become available - immediately offers main patterns which will create Major Tenths all over the fingerboard (observe that the SAME pattern can be fingered differently – three patterns are present: (*), (**), (**)):
Exercise on MAJOR TENTHS using Pattern (*) with four alternative fingerings (one fingering at a time, i.e. sliding all the way up:
1) with fingers 2 and 1 :
The same pattern can be achieved but, for the third alternative, the fingering has to alter:
2) with fingers 3 and 2:
4) the fourth alternative fingering for Pattern *, concerns bars 5 and 6; it strikes at the crux of the complexities associated with anticipation in sight-reading: the decision to forgo the slides and opt for the fingerings shown below really depends on the context which follows bars 5 and 6, and which could be very tricky to negotiate, depending on the difficulties involved and how far the eyes are “ahead” of the fingers. The advantage of using these fingerings, though, is that they avoid yet another slide, and that they are more sophisticated and will become particularly useful when Major Tenths will constantly be mixed with minor Tenths:
Exercise on Major Tenths using Pattern (**) (only one fingering is possible):
Exercise on Major Tenth using Pattern (***):
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