I am going to do ABRSM Grade 7 violin. Under scales and arpeggios I have to play double-stop scales in sixths, in G and Bb majors.
In a book I found out that when I am asked to play double stops in sixths in G I have to start with G & Eb. I am confused with the Eb as there's no Eb in G major scale.
Is this Eb a mistake?
If not why it is not Eb instead of E?
How to find out notes for other double stops?

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These double-stop sixths will have the tonic of the scale up top, with the third of the scale on the bottom.

In the book you found, those double-stop sixths are actually in the key of E♭ major; E♭ (scale-degree 1) is on top and G (scale-degree 3) is on the bottom.

If you want sixths in the key of G major, you'll have G on top and B on the bottom. The scale will be:

    G  A  B  C  D  E  F♯ G
    B  C  D  E  F♯ G  A  B

In the key of B♭ you will have:

    B♭ C  D  E♭ F  G  A  B♭
    D  E♭ F  G  A  B♭ C  D
  • So when I am playing in G, I have to start with G on 3rd string and B on 4th string? Apr 30, 2018 at 15:02
  • Just been on ABRSM website, and yes, it's G also Bb (maj) in 6ths. So I don't know why Eb should be there, except in the Bb scale. There is a pdf available, but it won't download for me.
    – Tim
    Apr 30, 2018 at 15:15
  • @LasithaYapa I actually don't play violin, so I unfortunately can't help you. Hopefully someone else can!
    – Richard
    Apr 30, 2018 at 18:26
  • @LasithaYapa - I hope you got this resolved last spring. Just in case: "So when I am playing in G, I have to start with G on 3rd string and B on 4th string?" Yes. // Do you have a teacher who can guide you with these things? Aug 30, 2019 at 3:21

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